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Northern Mariana Islands

American-dependent insular area in the western Pacific

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean that are a political division controlled by the United States. Its capital is Saipan.

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Sankattan Siha Na Islas Mariånas
Flag of Northern Mariana Islands
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Anthem: Gi Talo Gi Halom Tasi  (Chamorro)
Satil Matawal Pacifiko  (Carolinian)
Location of Northern Mariana Islands
CapitalSaipan
Official languages
Demonym(s)Northern Mariana Islander[1]
GovernmentPresidential representative democracy
• President of the United States
Donald Trump (R)[2]
• Governor
Ralph Torres (R)
Victor Hocog
Gregorio Sablan (D)
LegislatureCommonwealth Legislature
Senate
House of Representatives
Commonwealth in union with the United States
• Covenant
1975
• Commonwealth
1978
• End of trusteeship
1986
Area
• Total
463.63 km2 (179.01 sq mi) (196th)
• Water (%)
negligible
Population
• 2007 estimate
77,000 (211th)
• 2010 census
53,833
• Density
168/km2 (435.1/sq mi) (93rd)
CurrencyUnited States dollar (USD)
Time zoneUTC+10 (ChST)
Calling code+1 670
ISO 3166 codeMP
Internet TLD.mp
Website
www.gov.mp
Location of the Northern Mariana Islands

GeographyEdit

The Northern Mariana Islands, together with Guam to the south, compose the Mariana Islands. The southern islands are limestone, with level terraces and fringing coral reefs. The northern islands are volcanic, with active volcanos on Anatahan, Pagan and Agrihan. The volcano on Agrihan has the highest elevation at 3,166 feet (965 m). Anatahan Volcano is a small volcanic island 80 miles (130 km) north of Saipan. It is about 6 miles (10 km) long and 2 miles (3 km) wide. Anatahan began erupting suddenly from its east crater on May 10, 2003, at about 6 p.m. (0800 UTC). It has since alternated between eruptive and calm periods. On April 6, 2005, approximately 1,800,000 cubic feet (50,970 m3) of ash and rock were ejected, causing a large, black cloud to drift south over Saipan and Tinian.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.epa.gov/aapi/primer.htm
  2. "Australia - Oceania :: Northern Mariana Islands — The World Factbook - Central Intelligence Agency". www.cia.gov.

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