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    Cayman Islands Geography - 2006

      Caribbean, three island (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman) group in Caribbean Sea, 240 km south of Cuba and 268 km northwest of Jamaica

      Geographic coordinates:
      19 30 N, 80 30 W

      Map references:
      Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 262 sq km
      land: 262 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative:
      1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      160 km

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

      tropical marine; warm, rainy summers (May to October) and cool, relatively dry winters (November to April)

      low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: The Bluff (Cayman Brac) 43 m

      Natural resources:
      fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism

      Land use:
      arable land: 3.85%
      permanent crops: 0%
      other: 96.15% (2005)

      Irrigated land:

      Natural hazards:
      hurricanes (July to November)

      Environment - current issues:
      no natural fresh water resources; drinking water supplies must be met by rainwater catchments

      Geography - note:
      important location between Cuba and Central America

      NOTE: The information regarding Cayman Islands on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Cayman Islands Geography 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cayman Islands Geography 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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