Geography of French Polynesia

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This article describes the geography of French Polynesia.

Map of French Polynesia
Location
Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between South America and Australia
Geographic coordinates
15°00′S 140°00′W / 15.000°S 140.000°W / -15.000; -140.000
Map references
Oceania
Area
  • Total: 4,167 km² (Around 130 islands) [1]
  • Land: 3,827 km²
  • Water: 340 km²
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
Natural resources
Timber, fish, cobalt, hydropower
Land use
  • Arable land: 0.75%
  • Permanent crops: 5.5%
  • Other: 93.75% (2005)
Irrigated land
10 km2 (2003)
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

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia. ISBN 1-85613-582-9. Page 546