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    Virgin Islands Geography - 2003
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    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico


      Geographic coordinates: 18 20 N, 64 50 W


      Map references: Central America and the Caribbean


      Area: total: 352 sq km
      water: 3 sq km
      land: 349 sq km


      Area - comparative: twice the size of Washington, DC


      Land boundaries: 0 km


      Coastline: 188 km


      Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM


      Climate: subtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season May to November


      Terrain: mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Crown Mountain 474 m


      Natural resources: sun, sand, sea, surf


      Land use: arable land: 15%
      permanent crops: 6%
      other: 79% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: NA sq km


      Natural hazards: several hurricanes in recent years; frequent and severe droughts and floods; occasional earthquakes


      Environment - current issues: lack of natural freshwater resources


      Geography - note: important location along the Anegada Passage - a key shipping lane for the Panama Canal; Saint Thomas has one of the best natural deepwater harbors in the Caribbean


      NOTE: The information regarding Virgin Islands on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Virgin Islands Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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