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Midway Islands Geography Profile 2006

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Oceania, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, about one-third of the way from Honolulu to Tokyo

Geographic coordinates

28 12 N, 177 22 W

Map references



total: 6.2 sq km
land: 6.2 sq km
water: 0 sq km
note: includes Eastern Island, Sand Island, and Spit Island

Area - comparative

about nine times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

Land boundaries

0 km


15 km

Maritime claims

territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm


subtropical; moderated by prevailing easterly winds


low, nearly level

Elevation extremes

lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed location 13 m

Natural resources

wildlife, terrestrial and aquatic

Land use

arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (2005)

Irrigated land

0 sq km

Natural hazards


Environment - current issues


Geography - note

a coral atoll managed as a national wildlife refuge and open to the public for wildlife-related recreation in the form of wildlife observation and photography, sport fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving; the refuge is temporarily closed for reorganization at present (2004)

Source: CIA World Factbook
Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2006

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