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Wake Atoll (territory of the US) Geography

    Location: Oceania, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to the Northern Mariana Islands

    Geographic coordinates: 19 17 N, 166 36 E

    Map references: Oceania

    Area:
    total: 6.5 sq km
    land: 6.5 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

    Area—comparative: about 11 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 19.3 km

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

    Climate: tropical

    Terrain: atoll of three coral islands built up on an underwater volcano; central lagoon is former crater, islands are part of the rim

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
    highest point: unnamed location 6 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 (1998)

    Natural hazards: occasional typhoons

    Environment—current issues: NA

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

    Geography—note: strategic location in the North Pacific Ocean; emergency landing location for transpacific flights

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