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Kingman Reef

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Areatotal: 1 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 1 sq km
Populationuninhabited (July 2002 est.)
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The US annexed the reef in 1922. Its sheltered lagoon served as a way station for flying boats on Hawaii-to-American Samoa flights during the late 1930s. There are no terrestrial plants on the reef, which is frequently awash, but it does support abundant and diverse marine fauna and flora. In 2001, the waters surrounding the reef out to 12 NM around the reef were designated a US National Wildlife Refuge.


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Kingman Reef

Geography

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Map of Kingman Reef
Location 
Oceania, reef in the North Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and American Samoa
Geographic coordinates 
6 24 N, 162 24 W
Map references 
Oceania
Area 
total: 1 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 1 sq km
Area - comparative 
about 1.7 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC
Land boundaries 
0 km
Coastline 
3 km
Maritime claims 
exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
territorial sea: 12 NM
Climate 
tropical, but moderated by prevailing winds
Terrain 
low and nearly level
Elevation extremes 
lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed location 1 m
Natural resources 
terrestrial and aquatic wildlife
Land use 
arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (1998 est.)
Irrigated land 
0 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards 
wet or awash most of the time, maximum elevation of about 1 meter makes Kingman Reef a maritime hazard
Environment - current issues 
none
Geography - note 
barren coral atoll with deep interior lagoon; closed to the public
Kingman Reef

People

Population 
uninhabited (July 2002 est.)
Kingman Reef

Government

Country name 
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Kingman Reef
Dependency status 
unincorporated territory of the US; administered from Washington, DC, by the US Fish and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Interior
note: on 1 September 2000, the Department of the Interior accepted restoration of its administrative jurisdiction over Kingman Reef from the Department of the Navy; Executive Order 3223 signed 18 January 2001 established Kingman Reef National Wildlife Refuge to be administered by the Director, US Fish and Wildlife Service; this refuge is managed to protect the terrestrial and aquatic wildlife of Kingman Reef out to the 12-nautical-mile territorial sea limit
Legal system 
the laws of the US, where applicable, apply
Flag description 
the flag of the US is used
Kingman Reef

Economy

Economy - overview 
no economic activity
Kingman Reef

Transportation

Waterways 
none
Ports and harbors 
none; offshore anchorage only
Airports 
lagoon was used as a halfway station between Hawaii and American Samoa by Pan American Airways for flying boats in 1937 and 1938
Kingman Reef

Military

Military - note 
defense is the responsibility of the US
Kingman Reef

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international 
none

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