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    Cook Islands Geography 2000

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

      Geographic coordinates: 21 14 S, 159 46 W

      Map references: Oceania

      Area:
      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: 0%
      forests and woodland: 0%
      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, Desertification, Law of the Sea
      signed, but not ratified: Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

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