Northern Mariana Islands: Geography#

LocationOceania, islands in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines
Geographic Coordinates15 12 N, 145 45 E 15.2,145.75
Land boundaries0 km
Coastline1,482 km
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed elevation on Agrihan 965 m
Highest Mountains
Terrainsouthern islands are limestone with level terraces and fringing coral reefs; northern islands are volcanic
Natural Hazardsactive volcanoes on Pagan and Agrihan; typhoons (especially August to November)
Natural Resourcearable land, fish
Land Usearable land: 2.17%
permanent crops: 2.17%
other: 95.65% (2011)
Climatetropical marine; moderated by northeast trade winds, little seasonal temperature variation; dry season December to June, rainy season July to October
Irrigated Land1 sq km (2011)
Renewable Water ResourcesNA
Environment_CurrentIssuescontamination of groundwater on Saipan may contribute to disease; clean-up of landfill; protection of endangered species conflicts with development
Environment - international agreementsNA
Large Cities
Geography-notestrategic location in the North Pacific Ocean