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Kiribati: Geography#

LocationOceania, group of 33 coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean, straddling the Equator; the capital Tarawa is about half way between Hawaii and Australia
Geographic Coordinates1 25 N, 173 00 E 1.4166666,173.0
Area total: 811 sq km
land: 811 sq km
water: 0 sq km
note: includes three island groups - Gilbert Islands, Line Islands, and Phoenix Islands - dispersed over about 3.5 million sq km (1.35 million sq mi)
[Verified in 8 databases]
Land boundaries0 km
Coastline1,143 km
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed elevation on Banaba 81 m
Highest Mountains
Terrainmostly low-lying coral atolls surrounded by extensive reefs
Natural Hazardstyphoons can occur any time, but usually November to March; occasional tornadoes; low level of some of the islands make them sensitive to changes in sea level
Natural Resourcephosphate (production discontinued in 1979)
Land Usearable land: 2.47%
permanent crops: 39.51%
other: 58.02% (2011)
Climatetropical; marine, hot and humid, moderated by trade winds
Irrigated LandNA
Renewable Water ResourcesNA
Environment_CurrentIssuesheavy pollution in lagoon of south Tarawa atoll due to heavy migration mixed with traditional practices such as lagoon latrines and open-pit dumping; ground water at risk
Environment - international agreementsparty to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
Large CitiesDue to difference in city rankings taken from two data sources we are listing here both lists :
According to Wolfram: Bairiki; Taburao; Bonriki; Buariki; Temaraia
According to Geonames: Tarawa; Betio Village; Bikenibeu Village; Teaoraereke Village; Bairiki Village

Attempted Explanation: Please help us to try to explain the discrepancies by sending us helpful information to office@global-geography.org
Important Cities
Geography-note21 of the 33 islands are inhabited; Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati is one of the three great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean - the others are Makatea in French Polynesia, and Nauru; Kiribati is the only country in the world to fall into all four hemispheres (northern, southern, eastern, and western)