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Virgin Islands Geography 2017
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SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Virgin Islands Geography 2017
SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on January 12, 2017

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: 1,910 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 346 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 1,564 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 182

Area - comparative:
twice the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries:
0 km
[see also: Land boundaries country ranks ]

Coastline:
188 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

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

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

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

Elevation:
mean elevation: NA
[see also: Mean Elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m highest point: Crown Mountain 474 m

Natural resources:
sun, sand, sea, surf

Land use:
agricultural land: 11.5% arable land 2.9%; permanent crops 2.9%; permanent pasture 5.7%
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
forest: 57.4%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 31.1% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
1 sq km (2012)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Population - distribution:
while overall population density throughout the islands is relatively low, concentrations appear around Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas and Christiansted on St. Croix

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 2017 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Virgin Islands Geography 2017 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Virgin Islands Geography 2017 should be addressed to the CIA.




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