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    Wallis and Futuna Geography 1997

      Location Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of theway from Hawaii to New Zealand

      Geographic coordinates 13 18 S, 176 12 W

      Map references Oceania

      total: 274 sq km
      land: 274 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      note: includes Ile Uvea (Wallis Island), Ile Futuna (Futuna Island), Ile Alofi,and 20 islets

      Area - comparative 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 129 km

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

      Climate tropical; hot, rainy season (November to April); cool, dry season (Mayto October); rains 2,500-3,000 mm per year (80% humidity); average temperature26.6 degrees C

      Terrain volcanic origin; low hills

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point : Mount Singavi 765 m

      Natural resources NEGL

      Land use
      arable land : 5%
      permanent crops: 20%
      permanent pastures: NA%
      forests and woodland: NA%
      other: 75% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards NA

      Environment - current issues deforestation (only small portions of the original forests remain) largelyas a result of the continued use of wood as the main fuel source; as a consequenceof cutting down the forests, the mountainous terrain of Futuna is particularlyprone to erosion; there are no permanent settlements on Alofi because of thelack of natural fresh water resources

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

      Geography - note both island groups have fringing reefs

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

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