Biodiversity in Marshall Islands (MHL)
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Species Families Species Families
Marine 1095 290 No 845
Freshwater No
Total 1096 290 No
Geography and Climate Marshall Islands located in Oceania, are group of atolls and reefs in the North Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to Papua New Guinea. Area comparatively about the size of Washington, DC. Climate is hot and humid; wet season from May to November; islands border typhoon belt. Terrain consists of low coral limestone and sand islands. Elevation extreme has the lowest point in Pacific Ocean 0 m and highest point in unnamed location on Likiep 10 m. Natural resources are phosphate deposits, marine products, deep seabed minerals. Natural hazards are occasional typhoons. Environment—current issues: inadequate supplies of potable water Geography—note: two archipelagic island chains of 30 atolls and 1,152 islands; Bikini and Enewetak are former US nuclear test sites; Kwajalein, the famous World War II battleground, is now used as a US missile test range.

Ref.  Anonymous, 1999
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