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    Guam Geography - 2003
    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/guam/guam_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Oceania, island in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines


      Geographic coordinates: 13 28 N, 144 47 E


      Map references: Oceania


      Area: total: 549 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 549 sq km


      Area - comparative: three times the size of Washington, DC


      Land boundaries: 0 km


      Coastline: 125.5 km


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


      Climate: tropical marine; generally warm and humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season from January to June, rainy season from July to December; little seasonal temperature variation


      Terrain: volcanic origin, surrounded by coral reefs; relatively flat coralline limestone plateau (source of most fresh water), with steep coastal cliffs and narrow coastal plains in north, low hills in center, mountains in south


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mount Lamlam 406 m


      Natural resources: fishing (largely undeveloped), tourism (especially from Japan)


      Land use: arable land: 10.91%
      permanent crops: 10.91%
      other: 78.18% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: NA sq km


      Natural hazards: frequent squalls during rainy season; relatively rare, but potentially very destructive typhoons (June - December)


      Environment - current issues: extirpation of native bird population by the rapid proliferation of the brown tree snake, an exotic, invasive species


      Geography - note: largest and southernmost island in the Mariana Islands archipelago; strategic location in western North Pacific Ocean


      NOTE: The information regarding Guam 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 Guam Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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