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Northern Mariana Islands Geography 2016
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SOURCE: 2016 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Northern Mariana Islands Geography 2016
SOURCE: 2016 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 11, 2016

Location:
Oceania, islands in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines

Geographic coordinates:
15 12 N, 145 45 E

Map references:
Oceania

Area:
total: 464 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 464 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 0 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
note: consists of 14 islands including Saipan, Rota, and Tinian
country comparison to the world: 197

Area - comparative:
2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries:
0 km
[see also: Land boundaries country ranks ]

Coastline:
1,482 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm

Climate:
tropical marine; moderated by northeast trade winds, little seasonal temperature variation; dry season December to June, rainy season July to October

Terrain:
southern islands are limestone with flat terraces and fringing coral reefs; northern islands are volcanic

Elevation:
mean elevation:
[see also: Mean Elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes:
lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed elevation on Agrihan 965 m

Natural resources:
arable land, fish

Land use:
agricultural land: 6.6% arable land 2.2%; permanent crops 2.2%; permanent pasture 2.2%
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
forest: 65.5%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 27.9% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
1 sq km (2011)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Natural hazards:
active volcanoes on Pagan and Agrihan; typhoons (especially August to November)

Environment - current issues:
contamination of groundwater on Saipan may contribute to disease; clean-up of landfill; protection of endangered species conflicts with development

Geography - note:
strategic location in the North Pacific Ocean

NOTE: The information regarding Northern Mariana Islands on this page is re-published from the 2016 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Northern Mariana Islands Geography 2016 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Northern Mariana Islands Geography 2016 should be addressed to the CIA.




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