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French Polynesia Geography 2011
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Page last updated on January 11, 2011

Location:
Oceania, archipelagoes in the South Pacific Ocean about half way between South America and Australia

Geographic coordinates:
15 00 S, 140 00 W

Map references:
Oceania

Area:
total: 4,167 sq km (118 islands and atolls)
country comparison to the world: 174
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 3,827 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 340 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]

Area - comparative:
slightly less than one-third the size of Connecticut

Land boundaries:
0 km

Coastline:
2,525 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

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

Climate:
tropical, but moderate

Terrain:
mixture of rugged high islands and low islands with reefs

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - lowest point country ranks ]
highest point: Mont Orohena 2,241 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - highest point country ranks ]

Natural resources:
timber, fish, cobalt, hydropower

Land use:
arable land: 0.75%
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 5.5%
[see also: Land use - permanent crops country ranks ]
other: 93.75% (2005)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
10 sq km (2003)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Natural hazards:
occasional cyclonic storms in January

Environment - current issues:
NA

Geography - note:
includes five archipelagoes (four volcanic, one coral); Makatea in French Polynesia is one of the three great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean - the others are Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati and Nauru


NOTE: The information regarding French Polynesia on this page is re-published from the 2011 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of French Polynesia Geography 2011 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about French Polynesia Geography 2011 should be addressed to the CIA.



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