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    French Polynesia Geography 2000

      Location: Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from South America to Australia

      Geographic coordinates: 15 00 S, 140 00 W

      Map references: Oceania

      total: 4,167 sq km (118 islands and atolls)
      land: 3,660 sq km
      water: 507 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly less than one-third the size of Connecticut

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 2,525 km

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

      Climate: tropical, but moderate

      Terrain: mixture of rugged high islands and low islands with reefs

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mont Orohena 2,241 m

      Natural resources: timber, fish, cobalt, hydropower

      Land use:
      arable land: 1%
      permanent crops: 6%
      permanent pastures: 5%
      forests and woodland: 31%
      other: 57% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: occasional cyclonic storms in January

      Environment - current issues: NA

      Geography - note: includes five archipelagoes; Makatea in French Polynesia is one of the three great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean - the others are Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati and Nauru

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