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Solomon Islands: Geography#

LocationOceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Papua New Guinea
Geographic Coordinates8 00 S, 159 00 E -8.0,159.0
Area total: 28,896 sq km
land: 27,986 sq km
water: 910 sq km
We are unable to verify those figures from Factbook, since the 6 main sources we used for checking give different figures as follows:
Factbook: 28896
DBpedia: 28399
Geoname: 28450
Infoplease: 0
Britannica: 28370
Wolfram: 28896

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Land boundaries0 km
Coastline5,313 km
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Mount Popomanaseu 2,310 m
Highest MountainsDue to difference in mountain rankings taken from two data sources we are listing here both lists :
According to Wolfram: Mount Popomanaseu 2335 m; Mount Rano 1700 m
According to Geonames: Mount Popomanaseu 2335 m; Mount Makarakomburu 2310 m

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Terrainmostly rugged mountains with some low coral atolls
Natural Hazardstyphoons, but rarely destructive; geologically active region with frequent earthquakes, tremors, and volcanic activity; tsunamis volcanism: Tinakula (elev. 851 m) has frequent eruption activity, while an eruption of Savo (elev. 485 m) could affect the capital Honiara on nearby Guadalcanal
Natural Resourcefish, forests, gold, bauxite, phosphates, lead, zinc, nickel
Land Usearable land: 0.62%
permanent crops: 2.25%
other: 97.13% (2011)
Climatetropical monsoon; few extremes of temperature and weather
Irrigated LandNA
Renewable Water Resources44.7 cu km (2011)
Environment_CurrentIssuesdeforestation; soil erosion; many of the surrounding coral reefs are dead or dying
Environment - international agreementsparty to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Environmental Modification, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
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Important Cities
Geography-notestrategic location on sea routes between the South Pacific Ocean, the Solomon Sea, and the Coral Sea; on 2 April 2007 an undersea earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale occurred 345 km WNW of the capital Honiara; the resulting tsunami devastated coastal areas of Western and Choiseul provinces with dozens of deaths and thousands dislocated; the provincial capital of Gizo was especially hard hit