Northern Mariana Islands

Continent – North America

Region – Northwestern Pacific Ocean

Size – 464 km2

Geography – Southern islands has level terraces while the northern islands are volcanic

Language – English, Chamorro, Carolinian

Religion – A large majority practices Roman Catholicism with a moderately large Buddhist community

Monetary Unit – United States dollar (USD)

Natural Resources – Arable land, fish

Agriculture – Coconuts, fruits, vegetables, cattle, melons, nuts, ornamental plants, livestock, poultry, eggs, fish, aquaculture products

Industry – Tourism, garments, construction, handicrafts

Neighboring Countries – None (island)

Population – 52,344 (2015 estimate)

Population Growth Rate – 1%

Average Life Expectancy – 77.82 years

Capital City – Saipan (population 48,220)

Highest Mountain – Agrihan (979m)

Yearly Rainfall – 83.8 in (mean), varies from year to year

Plant Life – Coconut palm tree, torchwood, mastwood, cycad, dyer’s fig, lantern tree, beach hibiscus, Indian mulberry, lipstick tree, wild pepper, pacific almond

Animal Life – 7 mammal species including bats, more than 260 species of carnivorans

Bird Life – 104 species including rufous fantail, golden honeyeater, the fairy tern, Vanikoro swiftlet, mariana fruit dove, nightingale reed warbler, yellow bittern

Aquatic Life – Hard and soft corals, anemones, sponges, many varieties of shellfish, whales, dolphins, porpoises, manatees, dugongs

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