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    Samoa Geography - 2003

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

      Geographic coordinates: 13 35 S, 172 20 W

      Map references: Oceania

      Area: total: 2,944 sq km
      water: 10 sq km
      land: 2,934 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Rhode Island

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 403 km

      Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM

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

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

      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mauga Silisili 1,857 m

      Natural resources: hardwood forests, fish, hydropower

      Land use: arable land: 19.43%
      permanent crops: 23.67%
      other: 56.9% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: occasional typhoons; active volcanism

      Environment - current issues: soil erosion

      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note: occupies an almost central position within Polynesia

      NOTE: The information regarding Samoa on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Samoa Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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