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Micronesia, Federated States of Geography

    Location: Oceania, island group in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Indonesia

    Geographic coordinates: 6 55 N, 158 15 E

    Map references: Oceania

    Area:
    total: 702 sq km
    land: 702 sq km
    water: 0 sq km
    note: includes Pohnpei (Ponape), Truk (Chuuk) Islands, Yap Islands, and Kosrae

    Area—comparative: four times the size of Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 6,112 km

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

    Climate: tropical; heavy year-round rainfall, especially in the eastern islands; located on southern edge of the typhoon belt with occasionally severe damage

    Terrain: islands vary geologically from high mountainous islands to low, coral atolls; volcanic outcroppings on Pohnpei, Kosrae, and Truk

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
    highest point: Totolom 791 m

    Natural resources: forests, marine products, deep-seabed minerals

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

    Irrigated land: NA sq km

    Natural hazards: typhoons (June to December)

    Environment—current issues: NA

    Environment—international agreements:
    party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection
    signed, but not ratified: Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

    Geography—note: four major island groups totaling 607 islands

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