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 for Palmyra Atoll
From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  Palmyra Atoll
  
     Introduction Palmyra Atoll
     --------------------------
                              Background: The Kingdom of Hawaii claimed the
                                          atoll in 1862, and the US included
                                          it among the Hawaiian Islands when
                                          it annexed the archipelago in 1898.
                                          The Hawaii Statehood Act of 1959 did
                                          not include Palmyra Atoll, which is
                                          now privately owned by the Nature
                                          Conservancy. This organization is
                                          managing the atoll as a nature
                                          preserve. The lagoons and
                                          surrounding waters within the 12
                                          nautical mile US territorial seas
                                          were transferred to the US Fish and
                                          Wildlife Service and were designated
                                          a National Wildlife Refuge in
                                          January 2001.
    
     Geography Palmyra Atoll
     -----------------------
                                Location: Oceania, atoll in the North Pacific
                                          Ocean, about half way between Hawaii
                                          and American Samoa
                  Geographic coordinates: 5 52 N, 162 06 W
                          Map references: Oceania
                                    Area: total: 11.9 sq km
                                          water: 0 sq km
                                          land: 11.9 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: terrestrial and aquatic wildlife
                                Land use: arable land: 0%
                                          permanent crops: 0%
                                          other: 100% (forests and woodlands)
                                          (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1998 est.)
                         Natural hazards: NA
            Environment - current issues: NA
                        Geography - note: about 50 islets covered with dense
                                          vegetation, coconut trees, and
                                          balsa-like trees up to 30 meters
                                          tall
    
     People Palmyra Atoll
     --------------------
                              Population: no indigenous inhabitants; 4 to 20
                                          Nature Conservancy staff, US Fish
                                          and Wildlife staff (July 2002 est.)
                  Population growth rate: NA
    
     Government Palmyra Atoll
     ------------------------
                            Country name: conventional long form: none
                                          conventional short form: Palmyra
                                          Atoll
                       Dependency status: incorporated territory of the US;
                                          privately owned, but administered
                                          from Washington, DC, by the Fish and
                                          Wildlife Service of the US
                                          Department of the Interior
                            Legal system: the laws of the US, where
                                          applicable, apply
                        Flag description: the flag of the US is used
    
     Economy Palmyra Atoll
     ---------------------
                                      Economy - overview: no economic activity
    
    
     Transportation Palmyra Atoll
     ----------------------------
                                 Highways: much of the road and many causeways
                                           built during World War II are
                                           unserviceable and overgrown (2001)
                                Waterways: none
                        Ports and harbors: West Lagoon
                                 Airports: 1 (2001)
          Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 1
                                           1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2001)
    
     Military Palmyra Atoll
     ----------------------
                         Military - note: defense is the responsibility of the
                                          US
    
     Transnational Issues Palmyra Atoll
     ----------------------------------
                                                Disputes - international: none
    
                                         
  
  

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