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    American Samoa Geography - 1990

      Total area: 199 km2
      land area: 199 km2

      Comparative area: slightly larger than Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 116 km

      Maritime claims:

      Contiguous zone: 12 nm;

      Continental shelf: 200 m;

      Extended economic zone: 200 nm;

      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: tropical marine, moderated by southeast trade winds; annual rainfall averages 124 inches; rainy season from November to April, dry season from May to October; little seasonal temperature variation

      Terrain: five volcanic islands with rugged peaks and limited coastal plains, two coral atolls

      Natural resources: pumice and pumicite

      Land use: 10% arable land; 5% permanent crops; 0% meadows and pastures; 75% forest and woodland; 10% other

      Environment: typhoons common from December to March

      Note: Pago Pago has one of the best natural deepwater harbors in the South Pacific Ocean, sheltered by shape from rough seas and protected by peripheral mountains from high winds; strategic location about 3,700 km south-southwest of Honolulu in the South Pacific Ocean about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand

      NOTE: The information regarding American Samoa on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of American Samoa Geography 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about American Samoa Geography 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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