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    Vanuatu Geography - 2003
    https://theodora.com/wfb2003/vanuatu/vanuatu_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Australia


      Geographic coordinates: 16 00 S, 167 00 E


      Map references: Oceania


      Area: total: 12,200 sq km
      land: 12,200 sq km
      note: includes more than 80 islands
      water: 0 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly larger than Connecticut


      Land boundaries: 0 km


      Coastline: 2,528 km


      Maritime claims: measured from claimed archipelagic baselines
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      continental shelf: 200 NM or to the edge of the continental margin
      contiguous zone: 24 NM


      Climate: tropical; moderated by southeast trade winds


      Terrain: mostly mountains of volcanic origin; narrow coastal plains


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Tabwemasana 1,877 m


      Natural resources: manganese, hardwood forests, fish


      Land use: arable land: 2.46%
      permanent crops: 7.38%
      other: 90.16% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: NA sq km


      Natural hazards: tropical cyclones or typhoons (January to April); volcanism causes minor earthquakes; tsunamis


      Environment - current issues: a majority of the population does not have access to a potable and reliable supply of water; deforestation


      Environment - international agreements: party to: Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 94
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements


      Geography - note: a Y-shaped chain of four main islands and 80 smaller islands; several of the islands have active volcanoes


      NOTE: The information regarding Vanuatu 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 Vanuatu Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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