Vanuatu Geography

What is the terrain and geography like in Vanuatu?

Geography - note:

a Y-shaped chain of four main islands and 80 smaller islands; several of the islands have active volcanoes and there are several underwater volcanoes as well

Climate:

tropical; moderated by southeast trade winds from May to October; moderate rainfall from November to April; may be affected by cyclones from December to April

Vanuatu Use of Natural Resources

Vanuatu Environment

Climate:

tropical; moderated by southeast trade winds from May to October; moderate rainfall from November to April; may be affected by cyclones from December to April

Terrain:

mostly mountainous islands of volcanic origin; narrow coastal plains

Natural Resources:

manganese, hardwood forests, fish

Natural Hazards:

tropical cyclones or typhoons (January to April); volcanism causes minor earthquakes; tsunamis

Environmental Issues:

a majority of the population does not have access to a potable and reliable supply of water; deforestation

Environment - International Agreements:

party to: Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 94

signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Vanuatu Geography

Geographic Location Oceania
Total Area 4,706 Square Miles
12,189 Square Kilometers
Land Area 4,706 Square Miles
12,189 Square Kilometers
Coastline 1,571 Miles
2,528 Kilometers
Geographic Coordinates 16 00 S, 167 00 E
Terrain mostly mountainous islands of volcanic origin; narrow coastal plains
Highest Point 1,877 Meters
Highest Point Location Tabwemasana 1,877 m
Lowest Point Location Pacific Ocean 0 m
Natural Resources manganese, hardwood forests, fish
Time Zone UTC+11 (16 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
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