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    Nauru Geography 1997

      Location Oceania, island in the South Pacific Ocean, south of the Marshall Islands

      Geographic coordinates 0 32 S, 166 55 E

      Map references Oceania

      total: 21 sq km
      land: 21 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative about 0.1 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 30 km

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

      Climate tropical; monsoonal; rainy season (November to February)

      Terrain sandy beach rises to fertile ring around raised coral reefs with phosphateplateau in center

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point : Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: unnamed location along plateau rim 61 m

      Natural resources phosphates

      Land use
      arable land: NA%
      permanent crops: NA%
      permanent pastures: NA%
      forests and woodland: NA%
      other : 100% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards periodic droughts

      Environment - current issues limited natural fresh water resources, roof storage tanks collect rainwater;phosphate mining threatens limited remaining land resources

      Environment - international agreements
      party to : Biodiversity, Climate Change, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note Nauru is one of the three great phosphate rock islands in the PacificOcean - the others are Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati and Makatea in FrenchPolynesia; only 53 km south of Equator

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

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