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    French Polynesia Geography - 1989

      Total area: 3,941 km2
      land area: 3,660 km2

      Comparative area: slightly less than one-third the size of Connecticut

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 2,525 km

      Maritime claims:
      @m5Contiguous zone: 12 nm
      @m5Continental shelf: 200 meters or to depth of exploitation
      @m5Extended economic zone: 200 nm
      @m5Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: tropical, but moderate

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

      Natural resources: timber, fish, cobalt

      Land use: 1% arable land; 19% permanent crops; 5% meadows and pastures; 31% forest and woodland; 44% other

      Environment: occasional cyclonic storm in January; includes five archipelagoes

      Note: Makatea is one of three great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific (others are Banaba or Ocean Island in Kiribati and Nauru)

      NOTE: The information regarding French Polynesia on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of French Polynesia Geography 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about French Polynesia Geography 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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