The widely scattered islands of the Federated States of Micronesia which is located in western Pacific Ocean about 2,500 southwest of Hawaii, include the four main island groups of the Caroline Islands, Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap.
Palau, part of the Caroline Islands, is now an independent nation, and is not considered a part of the Federated States of Micronesia.
There are over 600 (volcanic in origin) islands and low-lying coral atolls in the Caroline Islands. A few inactive peaks reach 2,500 ft.
These islands were formerly placed under United States control as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. In 1991, the islands gained total independence,
The local economy still revolves around subsistence farming and fishing, while fruit exports, fishing rights and U.S. financial aid generate additional cash revenues.
These beautiful islands have significant tourism potential, but that industry has grown slowly based on the island's poorly developed infrastructure and isolated location.
On the positive side, a number of small hotels have opened recently, with most supporting the fast-growing offshore exotic diving activities.
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The tropical islands of the Federated States of Micronesia enjoy consistently warm temperatures throughout the year. The air is humid and rainfall is generous.
In fact, Pohnpei is reported to be one of the wettest places on Planet Earth, with over 300 inches of annual precipitation.
Tropical typhoons present a very serious threat, particularly to the low-lying atolls, many of which are very near sea level.