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Wallis and Futuna Geography Profile 2018

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LocationOceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand
Geographic coordinates13 18 S, 176 12 W
Map referencesOceania
Areatotal: 142 sq km
land: 142 sq km
water: 0 sq km
note: includes Ile Uvea (Wallis Island), Ile Futuna (Futuna Island), Ile Alofi, and 20 islets
Area - comparative1.5 times the size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries0 km
Coastline129 km
Maritime claimsterritorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Climatetropical; hot, rainy season (November to April); cool, dry season (May to October); rains 250-300 cm per year (80% humidity); average temperature 26.6 degrees Celsius
Terrainvolcanic origin; low hills
Elevation extremesmean elevation: NA
elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Mont Singavi (on Futuna) 522 m
Natural resourcesNEGL
Land useagricultural land: 42.8%
arable land 7.1%; permanent crops 35.7%; permanent pasture 0%
forest: 41.9%
other: 15.3% (2011 est.)
Irrigated land0 sq km (2012)
Natural hazardscyclones; tsunamis
Environment - current issuesdeforestation (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 freshwater resources
Geography - noteboth island groups have fringing reefs; Wallis contains several prominent crater lakes

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on January 20, 2018