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Samoa Geography 2011
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SOURCE: 2011 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


















Samoa Geography 2011
SOURCE: 2011 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on January 11, 2011

Location:
Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand

Geographic coordinates:
13 35 S, 172 20 W

Map references:
Oceania

Area:
total: 2,831 sq km
country comparison to the world: 177
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 2,821 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 10 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]

Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than Rhode Island

Land boundaries:
0 km

Coastline:
403 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm

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

Terrain:
two main islands (Savaii, Upolu) and several smaller islands and uninhabited islets; narrow coastal plain with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in interior

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - lowest point country ranks ]
highest point: Mount Silisili 1,857 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - highest point country ranks ]

Natural resources:
hardwood forests, fish, hydropower

Land use:
arable land: 21.13%
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 24.3%
[see also: Land use - permanent crops country ranks ]
other: 54.57% (2005)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
NA
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Natural hazards:
occasional typhoons; active volcanism
volcanism: Savai'I Island (elev. 1,858 m, 6,096 ft), which last erupted in 1911, is historically active

Environment - current issues:
soil erosion, deforestation, invasive species, overfishing

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
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 2011 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Samoa Geography 2011 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Samoa Geography 2011 should be addressed to the CIA.






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