Description: The Political Map of Guam showing names of capital cities, towns, states, provinces and boundaries with neighbouring countries.
Guam is an island located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is among the five United States Territories which are called unincorporated territory. Guam has a total surface area of 549 km2 (212 square miles).
This also makes it’s the 31st largest island of the United States. It is the largest island of Micronesia and southernmost island in the Mariana Chain of Islands. Guam is also the closest island to the Mariana Trench.
The trench is located to the east of the island whereas the deepest point in the ocean, Challenger Deep is towards the southwest. It is approximately 10911 feet deep. The highest peak on the island is called Mount Lamlam and is 1334 feet high.
The island is 48 kilometers long and 6-19 kilometers wide across its widest point. That makes it three quarters the size of Singapore. The area experiences earthquakes very often as it is located at the edge of the Pacific Tectonic Plate and near the Philippine Sea Tectonic Plate.
The average reading on the Richter scale per earthquakes sums up to about 6.85. The island is volcanically inactive as compared to the Anatahan Volcano located amongst the Mariana Group of Islands. The waters around Guam conceal a coral reef. The coastline area is full of steep cliff edges, mangroves and sandy shimmering beaches.
The northern end is very flat and low-lying as compared to the mountainous southern edge of the island. The moderate climate is maintained with the help of the frequent northeast trade winds with regular sunny days.
The humidity is on the higher side of the scale with warm temperatures. Being located in the Typhoon alley the area experiences quite a few typhoons and tropical storms every now and then.
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