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Palmyra Atoll (territory of the US) Geography

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

    Geographic coordinates: 5 52 N, 162 06 W

    Map references: Oceania

    Area:
    total: 11.9 sq km
    land: 11.9 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

    Area—comparative: about 20 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 14.5 km

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

    Climate: equatorial, hot, and very rainy

    Terrain: very low

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
    highest point: unnamed location 2 m

    Natural resources: none

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

    Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

    Natural hazards: NA

    Environment—current issues: NA

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

    Geography—note: about 50 islets covered with dense vegetation, coconut trees, and balsa-like trees up to 30 meters tall

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