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Western Samoa Geography 1996

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

    • Map references:

    • Area:

        total area:
        2,860 sq km

        land area:
        2,850 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly smaller than Rhode Island

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      403 km

    • Maritime claims:

        exclusive economic zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        12 nm

    • International disputes:

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

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

    • Natural resources:
      hardwood forests, fish

    • Land use:

        arable land:

        permanent crops:

        meadows and pastures:

        forest and woodland:


    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        soil erosion

        natural hazards:
        occasional typhoons; active volcanism

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

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