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    Wake Island Geography - 1991

      Total area: 6.5 km2
      land area: 6.5 km2

      Comparative area: about 11 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 19.3 km

      Maritime claims:
      Contiguous zone: 12 nm
      Continental shelf: 200 m (depth)
      Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: claimed by the Republic of the Marshall Islands

      Climate: tropical

      Terrain: atoll of three coral islands built up on an underwater volcano; central lagoon is former crater, islands are part of the rim; average elevation less than four meters

      Natural resources: none

      Land use: arable land 0%; permanent crops 0%; meadows and pastures 0%; forest and woodland 0%; other 100%

      Environment: subject to occasional typhoons

      Note: strategic location 3,700 km west of Honolulu in the North Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way between Hawaii and the Northern Mariana Islands; emergency landing location for transpacific flights

      NOTE: The information regarding Wake Island on this page is re-published from the 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Wake Island Geography 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Wake Island Geography 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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