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Kiribati

Geography of Kiribati

With the exception of Banaba (Ocean Island), the islands are low coral atolls (rarely more than 5 meters above sea level), covered with coconut and screw palm trees, with sparse undergrowth; the soil is sandy. Banaba is a phosphate-containing coral island; the highest point is 81 meters above sea level.

Climate

Banaba, Line Islands and Phoenix Islands have a maritime equatorial climate, while the other islands in the north and south have a tropical, maritime climate. The rainy season lasts from March to October, and annual rainfall varies from about 750 mm to over 3000 mm (lowest in the Phoenix Islands, highest in the northernmost Gilbert Islands); drought periods are not uncommon. Average temperatures are around 27-29 C throughout the year, with very small monthly and daily variations.

Wildlife in Kiribati

According to Countryaah, the bird fauna in Kiribati is poor in species and consists essentially of seabirds. Small tropical bird, red-footed and brown sole, large frigate bird and 7 tern species can be found here. Some waders, including sandbars, rock faces and the two hikers are annual winter guests.

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