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Geography
The Territory of Guam is an organized, unincorporated territory of the USA in Oceania. Guam is part of the Mariana chain of islands.

Hagatna is the capital of Guam.

The island is of volcanic origin and surrounded by coral reefs.

The climate of Guam is tropical marine.

Environment
The Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources of the Department of Agriculture are responsible for a number of conservation initiatives. There is a wildlife conservation strategy, a project to restore Guam's bird population, a sea turtle recovery programme and a reef conservation initiative. Protected areas in Guam include a number of Marine Preserves.

Architecture
The ancient architecture of the Chamorro people of the Marianas takes its name from upright stone foundations for houses known as 'Latte'. It has been suggested that the first latte date back a thousand years.

The stone pillars or piers, which supported capstones, were arranged in two parallel rows. It is thought that the piers bore the weight of wooden structures.

Latte, transported from Me'pu in the south, can be seen in the Latte Stone Park in the capital.

Examples of Spanish Colonial architecture can also be seen in Hagatna.

Population
The population of Guam was estimated at 183,286 in 2011.

Languages
Languages spoken in Guam include English, Chamorro and Philippine languages.

Religion
A large percentage of the people of Guam are Roman Catholic.

Food
International cuisines such as Filipino, Chinese, Japanese and American are available in Guam.

Staple foods include fish, breadfruit, taro, cassava and rice.

Hot sauces, such as kelaguen made with peppers, coconut and lemon juice, are eaten with chicken and seafood. Red rice, coloured with achote seeds, is popular.

Tropical fruits grown are bananas, coconuts, mangoes, papayas and pineapples.

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