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American Samoa: Geography#

LocationOceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand
Geographic Coordinates14 20 S, 170 00 W -14.333333,-170.0
Land boundaries0 km
Coastline116 km
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Lata Mountain 964 m
Highest Mountains
Terrainfive volcanic islands with rugged peaks and limited coastal plains, two coral atolls (Rose Island, Swains Island)
Natural Hazardstyphoons common from December to March volcanism: limited volcanic activity on the Ofu and Olosega Islands; neither has erupted since the 19th century
Natural Resourcepumice, pumicite
Land Usearable land: 9.5%
permanent crops: 15%
other: 75.5% (2011)
Climatetropical marine, moderated by southeast trade winds; annual rainfall averages about 3 m; rainy season (November to April), dry season (May to October); little seasonal temperature variation
Irrigated LandNA
Renewable Water ResourcesNA
Environment_CurrentIssueslimited natural freshwater resources; the water division of the government has spent substantial funds in the past few years to improve water catchments and pipelines
Environment - international agreementsNA
Large Cities
Geography-notePago Pago has one of the best natural deepwater harbors in the South Pacific Ocean, sheltered by shape from rough seas and protected by peripheral mountains from high winds; strategic location in the South Pacific Ocean