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    Wallis and Futuna Geography - 2003

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

      Geographic coordinates: 13 18 S, 176 12 W

      Map references: Oceania

      Area: total: 274 sq km
      note: includes Ile Uvea (Wallis Island), Ile Futuna (Futuna Island), Ile Alofi, and 20 islets
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 274 sq km

      Area - comparative: 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 129 km

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

      Climate: tropical; hot, rainy season (November to April); cool, dry season (May to October); rains 2,500-3,000 mm per year (80% humidity); average temperature 26.6 degrees C

      Terrain: volcanic origin; low hills

      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mont Singavi 765 m

      Natural resources: NEGL

      Land use: arable land: 5%
      permanent crops: 20%
      other: 75% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: NA

      Environment - current issues: deforestation (only small portions of the original forests remain) largely as a result of the continued use of wood as the main fuel source; as a consequence of cutting down the forests, the mountainous terrain of Futuna is particularly prone to erosion; there are no permanent settlements on Alofi because of the lack of natural fresh water resources

      Geography - note: both island groups have fringing reefs

      NOTE: The information regarding Wallis and Futuna 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 Wallis and Futuna Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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