Geography of French Polynesia

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This article describes the geography of French Polynesia.

Map of French Polynesia
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
  • Total: 4,167 km² (Around 130 islands) [1]
  • Land: 3,827 km²
  • Water: 340 km²
Land boundaries
0 km
2,525 km
Maritime claims
  • Territorial sea: 12 nm
  • Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Tropical, but moderate
Mixture of rugged high islands and low islands with reefs
Elevation extremes
Natural resources
Timber, fish, cobalt, hydropower
Land use
  • Arable land: 0.68%
  • Permanent crops: 6.28%
  • Other: 93.03% (2012)
Irrigated land
10 km2 (2003)
Natural hazards
Occasional cyclonic storms in January
Environment - current issues
Geography - note
Includes five archipelagoes: four volcanic islands and one coral; 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

See also[edit]


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