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    Northern Mariana Islands Geography - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/northern_mariana_islands/northern_mariana_islands_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location Oceania, islands in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines

      Geographic coordinates 15 12 N, 145 45 E

      Map references Oceania

      Area
      total: 477 sq km
      note: includes 14 islands including Saipan, Rota, and Tinian
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 477 sq km

      Area - comparative 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 1,482 km

      Maritime claims
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM

      Climate tropical marine; moderated by northeast trade winds, little seasonal temperature variation; dry season December to June, rainy season July to October

      Terrain southern islands are limestone with level terraces and fringing coral reefs; northern islands are volcanic

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: unnamed location on Agrihan 965 m

      Natural resources arable land, fish

      Land use
      arable land: 15%
      permanent crops: 7%
      other: 78% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards active volcanoes on Pagan and Agrihan; typhoons (especially August to November)

      Environment - current issues contamination of groundwater on Saipan may contribute to disease; clean-up of landfill; protection of endangered species conflicts with development

      Geography - note strategic location in the North Pacific Ocean

      NOTE: The information regarding Northern Mariana Islands on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Northern Mariana Islands Geography 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Northern Mariana Islands Geography 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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