Palmyra Atoll

Palmyra Atoll Geography Stats


  • Area > Comparative: The area of various small countries expressed in comparison to various areas within the United States of America.
  • Area > Comparative to US places: This entry provides an area comparison based on total area equivalents. Most entities are compared with the entire US or one of the 50 states based on area measurements (1990 revised) provided by the US Bureau of the Census. The smaller entities are compared with Washington, DC (178 sq km, 69 sq mi) or The Mall in Washington, DC (0.59 sq km, 0.23 sq mi, 146 acres).
  • Area > Land: Total land area in square kilometres
  • Area > Total: Total area in square kilometers
  • Area > Water: Total water area in square kilometers
  • Climate: A brief description of typical weather regimes throughout the year.
  • Coastline: The total length of the boundary between the land area (including islands) and the sea.
  • Elevation extremes > Highest point: Highest point above sea level
  • Elevation extremes > Lowest point: This entry is derived from Geography > Elevation extremes, which includes both the highest point and the lowest point.
  • Geographic coordinates: This entry includes rounded latitude and longitude figures for the purpose of finding the approximate geographic center of an entity and is based on the Gazetteer of Conventional Names, Third Edition, August 1988, US Board on Geographic Names and on other sources.
  • Land use > Arable land: The percentage of used land that is arable. Arable land is land cultivated for crops that are replanted after each harvest like wheat, maize, and rice
  • Location: The country's regional location, neighboring countries, and adjacent bodies of water.
  • Maritime claims > Territorial sea: territorial sea - the sovereignty of a coastal State extends beyond its land territory and internal waters to an adjacent belt of sea, described as the territorial sea in the LOS Convention (Part II); this sovereignty extends to the air space over the territorial sea as well as its underlying seabed and subsoil; every State has the right to establish the breadth of its territorial sea up to a limit not exceeding 12 nautical miles. A full and definitive definition can be found in the Law of the Sea (LOS) Convention.
  • Natural resources: A country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance.
  • Terrain: A brief description of the topography
Area > Comparative about 20 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC 2013
Area > Comparative to US places about 20 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC 2006
Area > Land 11.9 sq km 2006 10th out of 20
Area > Total 11.9 sq km 2013 239th out of 251
Area > Water 0.0 2013 158th out of 246
Climate equatorial, hot, and very rainy 2013
Coastline None 2013
Elevation extremes > Highest point unnamed location 2 m 2013
Elevation extremes > Lowest point Pacific Ocean 0 m 2013
Geographic coordinates 5 52 N, 162 04 W 2013
Land use > Arable land 0.0 2013 217th out of 246
Location Oceania, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and American Samoa 2013
Maritime claims > Territorial sea 12 nautical mile 2013 22nd out of 198
Natural resources terrestrial and aquatic wildlife 2013
Terrain very low 2013

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; CIA World Factbooks 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013



Palmyra Atoll Geography Profiles (Subcategories)

Area 5 Land use 3
  • Palmyra Atoll ranked 18 places from the bottom for area > total globally in 2013.
  • Palmyra Atoll has ranked in the top 4 for land use > other since 1998.
  • Palmyra Atoll has ranked in the top 12 for maritime claims > exclusive economic zone since 2006.
  • Palmyra Atoll has ranked in the top 23 for maritime claims > territorial sea since 2006.
  • Palmyra Atoll has ranked in the top 159 for area > water since 2012.
  • Palmyra Atoll has ranked in the top 217 for land use > arable land since 2012.
  • Palmyra Atoll has ranked in the top 208 for land use > permanent crops since 2012.

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