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French Polynesia Geography 2017
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SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











French Polynesia Geography 2017
SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on January 12, 2017

Location:
Oceania, five archipelagoes (Archipel des Tuamotu, Iles Gambier, Iles Marquises, Iles Tubuai, Society Islands) in the South Pacific Ocean about halfway 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; 67 are inhabited)
[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 ]
country comparison to the world: 175

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

Land boundaries:
0 km
[see also: Land boundaries country ranks ]

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

Natural resources:
timber, fish, cobalt, hydropower

Land use:
agricultural land: 12.5% arable land 0.7%; permanent crops 6.3%; permanent pasture 5.5%
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
forest: 43.7%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 43.8% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
10 sq km (2012)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Natural hazards:
occasional cyclonic storms in January

Environment - current issues:
NA

Geography - note:
includes five archipelagoes: four volcanic (Iles Gambier, Iles Marquises, Iles Tubuai, Society Islands) and one coral (Archipel des Tuamotu); 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 2017 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of French Polynesia Geography 2017 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about French Polynesia Geography 2017 should be addressed to the CIA.




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