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 for Wake Island
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Wake Island
      n 1: an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii
           [syn: Wake Island, Wake]

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  Wake Island
  
     Introduction Wake Island
     ------------------------
                              Background: The US annexed Wake Island in 1899
                                          for a cable station. An important
                                          air and naval base was constructed
                                          in 1940-41. In December 1941 the
                                          island was captured by the Japanese
                                          and held until the end of World War
                                          II. In subsequent years, Wake was
                                          developed as a stopover and
                                          refueling site for military and
                                          commercial aircraft transiting the
                                          Pacific. Since 1974, the island's
                                          airstrip has been used by the US
                                          military and some commercial cargo
                                          planes, as well as for emergency
                                          landings. There are over 700
                                          landings a year on the island.
    
     Geography Wake Island
     ---------------------
                                Location: Oceania, atoll in the North Pacific
                                          Ocean, about two-thirds of the way
                                          from Hawaii to the Northern Mariana
                                          Islands
                  Geographic coordinates: 19 17 N, 166 36 E
                          Map references: Oceania
                                    Area: total: 6.5 sq km
                                          water: 0 sq km
                                          land: 6.5 sq km
                      Area - comparative: about 11 times the size of The Mall
                                          in Washington, DC
                         Land boundaries: 0 km
                               Coastline: 19.3 km
                         Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
                                          territorial sea: 12 NM
                                 Climate: tropical
                                 Terrain: atoll of three coral islands built
                                          up on an underwater volcano; central
                                          lagoon is former crater, islands are
                                          part of the rim
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
                                          highest point: unnamed location 6 m
                       Natural resources: none
                                Land use: arable land: 0%
                                          permanent crops: 0%
                                          other: 100% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1998 est.)
                         Natural hazards: occasional typhoons
            Environment - current issues: NA
                        Geography - note: strategic location in the North
                                          Pacific Ocean; emergency landing
                                          location for transpacific flights
    
     People Wake Island
     ------------------
                               Population: no indigenous inhabitants
                                           note: US military personnel have
                                           left the island, but civilian
                                           personnel remain; as of December
                                           2000, one US Army civilian and 123
                                           contractor personnel were present
                                           (July 2002 est.)
                   Population growth rate: NA
    
     Government Wake Island
     ----------------------
                            Country name: conventional long form: none
                                          conventional short form: Wake Island
                       Dependency status: unincorporated territory of the US;
                                          administered from Washington, DC, by
                                          the Department of the Interior;
                                          activities on the island are managed
                                          by the US Army under a US Air Force
                                          permit
                            Legal system: the laws of the US, where
                                          applicable, apply
                        Flag description: the flag of the US is used
    
     Economy Wake Island
     -------------------
                      Economy - overview: Economic activity is limited to
                                          providing services to contractors
                                          located on the island. All food and
                                          manufactured goods must be imported.
                Electricity - production: NA kWh
    
     Communications Wake Island
     --------------------------
                        Telephone system: general assessment: satellite
                                          communications; 1 DSN circuit off
                                          the Overseas Telephone System (OTS)
                                          domestic: NA
                                          international: NA
                Radio broadcast stations: AM 0, FM NA, shortwave NA
                                          note: Armed Forces Radio/Television
                                          Service (AFRTS) radio service
                                          provided by satellite (1998)
           Television broadcast stations: 0 (1997)
    
     Transportation Wake Island
     --------------------------
                                 Waterways: none
                         Ports and harbors: none; two offshore anchorages for
                                            large ships
                                  Airports: 1 (2001)
             Airports - with paved runways: total: 1
                                            2,438 to 3,047 m: 1 (2001)
                     Transportation - note: formerly an important commercial
                                            aviation base, now used by US
                                            military, some commercial cargo
                                            planes, and for emergency landings
    
     Military Wake Island
     --------------------
                         Military - note: defense is the responsibility of the
                                          US
    
     Transnational Issues Wake Island
     --------------------------------
                         Disputes - international: claimed by Marshall Islands
    
                                         
  
  

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