World Facts And Stats: Palmyra Atoll Information

Facts and information about Palmyra Atoll.


Location: Oceania, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to American Samoa

Geographic coordinates: 5 52 N, 162 06 W

Map references: Oceania


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

Coastline: 14.5 km

Maritime claims:

exclusive economic zone: 200 nm

territorial sea: 12 nm

Climate: equatorial, hot, and very rainy

Terrain: very low

Elevation extremes:

lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m

highest point: unnamed location 2 m

Natural resources: none

Land use:

arable land: 0%

permanent crops: 0%

permanent pastures: 0%

forests and woodland: 100%

other: 0%

Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

Natural hazards: NA

Environment""current issues: NA

Environment""international agreements:

party to: NA

signed, but not ratified: NA

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


Population: uninhabited


Country name:

conventional long form: none

conventional short form: Palmyra Atoll

Data code: LQ

Dependency status: incorporated territory of the US; privately owned, but administered from Washington, DC by the Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior

Legal system: NA

Flag description: the flag of the US is used


Economy""overview: no economic activity


Highways: much of the road and many causeways built during World War II are unserviceable and overgrown

Ports and harbors: West Lagoon

Airports: 1 (1998 est.)

note: some overgrowth of vegetation on runway but still serviceable

Airports""with unpaved runways:

total: 1

1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (1998 est.)


Military""note: defense is the responsibility of the US

Transnational Issues

Disputes""international: none

*Information obtained from the Central Intelligence Agency's World Fact Book.

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