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    Northern Mariana Islands Geography - 1990

      Total area: 477 km2
      land area: 477 km2; includes Saipan, Rota, and Tinian

      Comparative area: slightly more than 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 1,482 km

      Maritime claims:

      Contiguous zone: 12 nm;

      Continental shelf: 200 m;

      Extended economic zone: 200 nm;

      Territorial sea: 3 nm

      Climate: tropical marine; moderated by northeast trade winds, little seasonal temperature variation; dry season December to July, rainy season July to October

      Terrain: southern islands are limestone with level terraces and fringing coral reefs; northern islands are volcanic; highest elevation is 471 meters (Mt. Tagpochu on Saipan)

      Natural resources: arable land, fish

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

      Environment: Mt. Pagan is an active volcano (last erupted in October 1988); subject to typhoons during the rainy season

      Note: strategic location 5,635 km west-southwest of Honolulu in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way between Hawaii and the Philippines

      NOTE: The information regarding Northern Mariana Islands 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 Northern Mariana Islands Geography 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Northern Mariana Islands Geography 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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