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Tokelau (territory of New Zealand) Geography

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

    Geographic coordinates: 9 00 S, 172 00 W

    Map references: Oceania

    Area:
    total: 10 sq km
    land: 10 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

    Area—comparative: about 17 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 101 km

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

    Climate: tropical; moderated by trade winds (April to November)

    Terrain: low-lying coral atolls enclosing large lagoons

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
    highest point: unnamed location 5 m

    Natural resources: NEGL

    Land use:
    arable land: 0% (soil is thin and infertile)
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 0%
    forests and woodland: 0%
    other: 100% (1993 est.)

    Irrigated land: NA sq km

    Natural hazards: lies in Pacific typhoon belt

    Environment—current issues: very limited natural resources and overcrowding are contributing to emigration to New Zealand

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

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