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Palmyra Atoll Geography Profile 2006

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Oceania, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and American Samoa

Geographic coordinates

5 52 N, 162 04 W

Map references



total: 11.9 sq km
land: 11.9 sq km
water: 0 sq km

Area - comparative

about 20 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

Land boundaries

0 km


14.5 km

Maritime claims

territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm


equatorial, hot, and very rainy


very low

Elevation extremes

lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed location 2 m

Natural resources

terrestrial and aquatic wildlife

Land use

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

Natural hazards


Environment - current issues


Geography - note

about 50 islets covered with dense vegetation, coconut trees, and balsa-like trees up to 30 meters tall

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

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