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French Polynesia Geography

French Polynesia    Geography Top of Page
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


Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook

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