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    Wallis and Futuna (overseas territory of France) Geography 2000

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

      Geographic coordinates: 13 18 S, 176 12 W

      Map references: Oceania

      Area:
      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 (May to October); rains 2,500-3,000 mm per year (80% humidity); average temperature 26.6 degrees C

      Terrain: volcanic origin; low hills

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

      Natural resources: NEGL

      Land use:
      arable land: 5%
      permanent crops: 20%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland: 0%
      other: 75% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: NA

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

      Geography - note: both island groups have fringing reefs

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