Biodiversity Marshall Islands (MHL)
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Species Families Species Families
Marine 954 110 No 845 Randall, J.E., 1998
Freshwater 2 2 No
Total 960 112 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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