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    Fiji Geography - 2003

      Location: Oceania, island group in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand

      Geographic coordinates: 18 00 S, 175 00 E

      Map references: Oceania

      Area: total: 18,270 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 18,270 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than New Jersey

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 1,129 km

      Maritime claims: measured from claimed archipelagic baselines
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation; rectilinear shelf claim added

      Climate: tropical marine; only slight seasonal temperature variation

      Terrain: mostly mountains of volcanic origin

      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Tomanivi 1,324 m

      Natural resources: timber, fish, gold, copper, offshore oil potential, hydropower

      Land use: arable land: 10.95%
      permanent crops: 4.65%
      other: 84.4% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land: 30 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards: cyclonic storms can occur from November to January

      Environment - current issues: deforestation; soil erosion

      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Law of the Sea, Marine Life Conservation, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note: includes 332 islands of which approximately 110 are inhabited

      NOTE: The information regarding Fiji on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Fiji Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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