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    Wake Island Geography 2000

      Location: Oceania, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to the Northern Mariana Islands

      Geographic coordinates: 19 17 N, 166 36 E

      Map references: Oceania

      Area:
      total: 6.5 sq km
      land: 6.5 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative: about 11 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 19.3 km

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

      Climate: tropical

      Terrain: atoll of three coral islands built up on an underwater volcano; central lagoon is former crater, islands are part of the rim

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: unnamed location 6 m

      Natural resources: none

      Land use:
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland: 0%
      other: 100%

      Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1998)

      Natural hazards: occasional typhoons

      Environment - current issues: NA

      Geography - note: strategic location in the North Pacific Ocean; emergency landing location for transpacific flights

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