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1UpTravel - Geography Info and Facts of Countries : . - French Polynesia


French Polynesia Geography and Facts

Location: Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from South America to Australia

Geographic coordinates: 15 00 S, 140 00 W

Map references: Oceania

Area:
total: 4,167 sq km (118 islands and atolls)
land: 3,660 sq km
water: 507 sq km

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

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 2,525 km

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

Climate: tropical, but moderate

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

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Mont Orohena 2,241 m

Natural resources: timber, fish, cobalt, hydropower

Land use:
arable land: 1%
permanent crops: 6%
permanent pastures: 5%
forests and woodland: 31%
other: 57% (1993 est.)

Irrigated land: NA sq km

Natural hazards: occasional cyclonic storms in January

Environment - current issues: NA

Geography - note: includes five archipelagoes; 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


Geography
French Polynesia, located on the overseas territory of France, in the South Pacific Ocean, about 3000 km south of Hawaii and halfway between New Zealand to the west and South America to the east. The capital is Papeete, which is located on Tahiti, the largest island in the territory. French Polynesia comprises of 120 islands divided into five archipelagos.


Climate
Temperate, but cooled by sea breezes. Two main seasons: humid (hot and wet) from November to March, cool and dry from April to October.


French Polynesia is an overseas territory of France. It lies in the Pacific Ocean, about 4,500 kilometres south of Hawaii.

The territory is made up of about 120 islands scattered over an area about the size of western Europe.

These islands consist mainly of the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Society, and Tuamotu island groups. Papeete, on Tahiti--one of the Society islands--is the territory's capital.

The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century. In September 1995, France stirred up widespread protests by resuming nuclear testing on the Mururoa atoll after a three-year moratorium.

The tests were suspended in January 1996.



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