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    Pitcairn Islands Geography - 2004

      Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about midway between Peru and New Zealand

      Geographic coordinates:
      25 04 S, 130 06 W

      Map references:

      total: 47 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 47 sq km

      Area - comparative:
      about 0.3 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      51 km

      Maritime claims - as described in UNCLOS 1982 (see Notes and Definitions):
      territorial sea: 3 NM
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM

      tropical; hot and humid; modified by southeast trade winds; rainy season (November to March)

      rugged volcanic formation; rocky coastline with cliffs

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Pawala Valley Ridge 347 m

      Natural resources:
      miro trees (used for handicrafts), fish
      note: manganese, iron, copper, gold, silver, and zinc have been discovered offshore

      Land use:
      arable land: NA%
      permanent crops: NA%
      other: NA% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

      Natural hazards:
      typhoons (especially November to March)

      Environment - current issues:
      deforestation (only a small portion of the original forest remains because of burning and clearing for settlement)

      Geography - note:
      Britain's most isolated dependency; only the larger island of Pitcairn is inhabited but it has no port or natural harbor; supplies must be transported by rowed longboat from larger ships stationed offshore

      NOTE: The information regarding Pitcairn Islands on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Pitcairn Islands Geography 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Pitcairn Islands Geography 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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