Cook Islands: Geography#

LocationOceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand
Geographic Coordinates21 14 S, 159 46 W -21.233334,-159.76666
Land boundaries0 km
Coastline120 km
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Te Manga 652 m
Highest Mountains
Terrainlow coral atolls in north; volcanic, hilly islands in south
Natural Hazardstyphoons (November to March)
Natural ResourceNEGL
Land Usearable land: 8.33%
permanent crops: 4.17%
other: 87.5% (2011)
Climatetropical oceanic; moderated by trade winds; a dry season from April to November and a more humid season from December to March
Irrigated LandNA
Renewable Water ResourcesNA
Environment - international agreementsparty to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection
Large Cities
Geography-notethe northern Cook Islands are seven low-lying, sparsely populated, coral atolls; the southern Cook Islands, where most of the population lives, consist of eight elevated, fertile, volcanic isles, including the largest, Rarotonga, at 67 sq km