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    Dominican Republic Geography 1995

      Location: Caribbean, in the northern Caribbean Sea, about halfway between Cuba and Puerto Rico

      Map references: Central America and the Caribbean, Standard Time Zones of the World

      total area: 48,730 sq km
      land area: 48,380 sq km
      comparative area: slightly more than twice the size of New Hampshire

      Land boundaries: total 275 km, Haiti 275 km

      Coastline: 1,288 km

      Maritime claims:
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      continental shelf: 200 nm or the outer edge of continental margin
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 6 nm

      International disputes: none

      Climate: tropical maritime; little seasonal temperature variation; seasonal variation in rainfall

      Terrain: rugged highlands and mountains with fertile valleys interspersed

      Natural resources: nickel, bauxite, gold, silver

      Land use:
      arable land: 23%
      permanent crops: 7%
      meadows and pastures: 43%
      forest and woodland: 13%
      other: 14%

      Irrigated land: 2,250 sq km (1989)

      current issues: water shortages; soil eroding into the sea damages coral reefs; deforestation
      natural hazards: subject to occasional hurricanes (July to October)
      international agreements: party to - Endangered Species, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection; signed, but not ratified - Biodiversity, Climate Change, Law of the Sea

      Note: shares island of Hispaniola with Haiti (eastern two-thirds is the Dominican Republic, western one-third is Haiti)

      NOTE: The information regarding Dominican Republic on this page is re-published from the 1995 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Dominican Republic Geography 1995 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Dominican Republic Geography 1995 should be addressed to the CIA.

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