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    American Samoa Geography 1997

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

      Geographic coordinates 14 20 S, 170 00 W

      Map references Oceania

      total: 199 sq km
      land: 199 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      note: includes Rose Island and Swains Island

      Area - comparative slightly larger than Washington, DC

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 116 km

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

      Climate tropical marine, moderated by southeast trade winds; annual rainfallaverages 124 inches; rainy season from November to April, dry season fromMay to October; little seasonal temperature variation

      Terrain five volcanic islands with rugged peaks and limited coastal plains,two coral atolls (Rose Island, Swains Island)

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Lata 966 m

      Natural resources pumice, pumicite

      Land use
      arable land: 5%
      permanent crops: 10%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland : 70%
      other: 15% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards typhoons common from December to March

      Environment - current issues limited natural fresh water resources; the water division of the governmenthas spent substantial funds in the past few years to improve water catchmentsand pipelines

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

      Geography - note Pago Pago has one of the best natural deepwater harbors in the SouthPacific Ocean, sheltered by shape from rough seas and protected by peripheralmountains from high winds; strategic location in the South Pacific Ocean

      NOTE: The information regarding American Samoa on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of American Samoa Geography 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about American Samoa Geography 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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