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 Solomon Islands

Australia & Pacific

Location: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Papua New Guinea
Geographic coordinates: 8° 0' S, 159° 0' E
Coastline km: 5,313 km km
Climate: tropical monsoon; few extremes of temperature and weather
Terrain: mostly rugged mountains with some low coral atolls
Elevation: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: Mount Makarakomburu 2,447 m
Natural hazards: typhoons, but rarely destructive; geologically active region with frequent earthquakes, tremors, and volcanic activity; tsunamis
Currency: Solomon Islands dollar (SBD)
Population: 566,842 (July 2007 est.)
Languages: Melanesian pidgin in much of the country is lingua franca; English (official; but spoken by only 1%-2% of the population); 120 indigenous languages
Capital: Honiara
Divisions: 9 provinces and 1 capital territory*; Central, Choiseul, Guadalcanal, Honiara*, Isabel, Makira, Malaita, Rennell and Bellona, Temotu, Western

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Iron Bottom Sound 3 / -
32 m 34 m CMAS ** / AOW
Mavis wreck 3 / 1
28 m 32 m CMAS ** / AOW

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