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    Samoa 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: 13 35 S, 172 20 W

      Map references: Oceania

      Area:
      total: 2,860 sq km
      land: 2,850 sq km
      water: 10 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Rhode Island

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 403 km

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

      Climate: tropical; rainy season (October to March), dry season (May to October)

      Terrain: narrow coastal plain with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in interior

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mauga Silisili 1,857 m

      Natural resources: hardwood forests, fish, hydropower

      Land use:
      arable land: 19%
      permanent crops: 24%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland: 47%
      other: 10%

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: occasional typhoons; active volcanism

      Environment - current issues: soil erosion

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection
      signed, but not ratified: Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

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