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Kingman Reef (territory of the US) Geography

    Location: Oceania, reef in the North Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to American Samoa

    Geographic coordinates: 6 24 N, 162 24 W

    Map references: Oceania

    Area:
    total: 1 sq km
    land: 1 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

    Area—comparative: about 1.7 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 3 km

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

    Climate: tropical, but moderated by prevailing winds

    Terrain: low and nearly level

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
    highest point: unnamed location 1 m

    Natural resources: none

    Land use:
    arable land: 0%
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 0%
    forests and woodland: 0%
    other: 100%

    Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1996)

    Natural hazards: wet or awash most of the time, maximum elevation of about 1 meter makes Kingman Reef a maritime hazard

    Environment—current issues: none

    Environment—international agreements:
    party to: NA
    signed, but not ratified: NA

    Geography—note: barren coral atoll with deep interior lagoon; closed to the public

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