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Barbados


    • Location:
      Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela

    • Map references:
      Central America and the Caribbean

    • Area:

        total area:
        430 sq km

        land area:
        430 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly less than 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      97 km

    • Maritime claims:

        exclusive economic zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        12 nm

    • International disputes:
      none

    • Climate:
      tropical; rainy season (June to October)

    • Terrain:
      relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region

    • Natural resources:
      petroleum, fishing, natural gas

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        77%

        permanent crops:
        0%

        meadows and pastures:
        9%

        forest and woodland:
        0%

        other:
        14%

    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        pollution of coastal waters from waste disposal by ships; soil erosion; illegal solid waste disposal threatens contamination of aquifers

        natural hazards:
        hurricanes (especially June to October); periodic landslides

        international agreements:
        party to - Climate Change, Endangered Species, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution; signed, but not ratified - Biodiversity

    • Note:
      easternmost Caribbean island






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