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 for Midway Islands
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Midway Islands
      n 1: an atoll in the Hawaiian Islands some 1300 miles to the
           northwest of Honolulu; site of an important United States
           naval base

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  Midway Islands
     Introduction Midway Islands
                              Background: The US took formal possession of the
                                          islands in 1867. The laying of the
                                          trans-Pacific cable, which passed
                                          through the islands, brought the
                                          first residents in 1903. Between
                                          1935 and 1947, Midway was used as a
                                          refueling stop for trans-Pacific
                                          flights. The US naval victory over a
                                          Japanese fleet off Midway in 1942
                                          was one of the turning points of
                                          World War II. The islands continued
                                          to serve as a naval station until
                                          closed in 1993. Today the islands
                                          are a national wildlife refuge. From
                                          1996 to 2001 the refuge was open to
                                          the public. It is now temporarily
     Geography Midway Islands
                                Location: Oceania, atoll in the North Pacific
                                          Ocean, about one-third of the way
                                          from Honolulu to Tokyo
                  Geographic coordinates: 28 13 N, 177 22 W
                          Map references: Oceania
                                    Area: total: 6.2 sq km
                                          note: includes Eastern Island, Sand
                                          Island, and Spit Island
                                          water: 0 sq km
                                          land: 6.2 sq km
                      Area - comparative: about nine times the size of The
                                          Mall in Washington, DC
                         Land boundaries: 0 km
                               Coastline: 15 km
                         Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
                                          territorial sea: 12 NM
                                 Climate: subtropical, but moderated by
                                          prevailing easterly winds
                                 Terrain: low, nearly level
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
                                          highest point: unnamed location 13 m
                       Natural resources: wildlife, terrestrial and aquatic
                                Land use: arable land: 0%
                                          permanent crops: 0%
                                          other: 100% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1998 est.)
                         Natural hazards: NA
            Environment - current issues: NA
                        Geography - note: a coral atoll managed as a national
                                          wildlife refuge and open to the
                                          public for wildlife-related
                                          recreation in the form of wildlife
                                          observation and photography, sport
                                          fishing, snorkeling, and scuba
                                          diving; the refuge is temporarily
                                          closed for reorganization at present
     People Midway Islands
                              Population: no indigenous inhabitants;
                                          approximately 40 people make up the
                                          staff of US Fish and Wildlife
                                          Service and their services
                                          cooperator living at the atoll
                                          (April 2002 est.)
                  Population growth rate: NA
     Government Midway Islands
                            Country name: conventional long form: none
                                          conventional short form: Midway
                       Dependency status: unincorporated territory of the US;
                                          formerly administered from
                                          Washington, DC, by the US Navy,
                                          under Naval Facilities Engineering
                                          Command, Pacific Division; this
                                          facility has been operationally
                                          closed since 10 September 1993; on
                                          31 October 1996, through a
                                          presidential executive order, the
                                          jurisdiction and control of the
                                          atoll was transferred to the Fish
                                          and Wildlife Service of the US
                                          Department of the Interior as part
                                          of the National Wildlife Refuge
                            Legal system: the laws of the US, where
                                          applicable, apply
                        Flag description: the flag of the US is used
     Economy Midway Islands
                      Economy - overview: The economy is based on providing
                                          support services for the national
                                          wildlife refuge activities located
                                          on the islands. All food and
                                          manufactured goods must be imported.
     Transportation Midway Islands
                                          Highways: total: NA km
                                                    paved: NA km
                                                    unpaved: NA km
                                         Waterways: none
                                         Pipelines: 7.8 km
                                 Ports and harbors: Sand Island
                                          Airports: 3 (2001)
                     Airports - with paved runways: total: 2
                                                    1,524 to 2,437 m: 2 (2001)
                   Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 1
                                                    914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2001)
     Military Midway Islands
                         Military - note: defense is the responsibility of the
     Transnational Issues Midway Islands
                                                Disputes - international: none

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