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Palmyra Atoll Geography 2019

SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Palmyra Atoll Geography 2019
SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 08, 2019

Location:
Oceania, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and American Samoa

Geographic coordinates:
5 52 N, 162 04 W

Map references:
Oceania

Area:
total: 11.9 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 11.9 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 0 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 243

Area - comparative:
about 20 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

Land boundaries:
0 km

Coastline:
14.5 km
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Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
[see also: Maritime claims - territorial sea country ranks ]
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
[see also: Maritime claims - exclusive economic zone country ranks ]

Climate:
equatorial, hot, and very rainy

Terrain:
very lowlying atoll consists of an extensive reef, two shallow lagoons, and about 50 islets and bars covered with vegetation

Elevation:
mean elevation: 2 m
[see also: Elevation - mean elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes: 0 m lowest point: Pacific Ocean
10 highest point: unnamed location on Sand Island

Natural resources:
terrestrial and aquatic wildlife

Natural hazards:
an extensive surrounding reef is only penetrated by a single western channel

Environment - current issues:
a few of the islets are designated Unexploded Ordnance Areas, a legacy of US Navy occupation (1934-59), and are closed to entry; invasive plants and insects compete with native biota

Geography - note:
about 50 islets covered with dense vegetation, coconut trees, and balsa-like trees up to 30 meters tall

NOTE: 1) The information regarding Palmyra Atoll on this page is re-published from the 2019 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Palmyra Atoll Geography 2019 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Palmyra Atoll Geography 2019 should be addressed to the CIA.
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  a) They assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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