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    Samoa Geography - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/samoa/samoa_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand

      Geographic coordinates 13 35 S, 172 20 W

      Map references Oceania

      Area
      total: 2,944 sq km
      water: 10 sq km
      land: 2,934 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly smaller than Rhode Island

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 403 km

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

      Climate tropical; rainy season (October to March), dry season (May to October)

      Terrain narrow coastal plain with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in interior

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mauga Silisili 1,857 m

      Natural resources hardwood forests, fish, hydropower

      Land use
      arable land: 19%
      permanent crops: 24%
      other: 57% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards occasional typhoons; active volcanism

      Environment - current issues soil erosion

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note occupies an almost central position within Polynesia

      NOTE: The information regarding Samoa 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 Samoa Geography 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Samoa Geography 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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