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    Cook Islands Geography 1997

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

      Geographic coordinates 21 14 S, 159 46 W

      Map references Oceania

      total: 240 sq km
      land: 240 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative 1.3 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 120 km

      Maritime claims
      continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea : 12 nm

      Climate tropical; moderated by trade winds

      Terrain low coral atolls in north; volcanic, hilly islands in south

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Te Manga 652 m

      Natural resources NEGL

      Land use
      arable land : 9%
      permanent crops: 13%
      permanent pastures: NA%
      forests and woodland: NA%
      other : 78% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards typhoons (November to March)

      Environment - current issues NA

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Law of the Sea
      signed, but not ratified: NA

      NOTE: The information regarding Cook Islands 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 Cook Islands Geography 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cook Islands Geography 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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