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Netherlands Antilles Geography 1996

    • Affiliation:
      (part of the Dutch realm)

    • Location:
      Caribbean, two island groups in the Caribbean Sea - one includes Curacao and Bonaire north of Venezuela and the other is east of the Virgin Islands

    • Map references:
      Central America and the Caribbean

    • Area:

        total area:
        960 sq km

        land area:
        960 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly less than 5.5 times the size of Washington, DC

        includes Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten (Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin)

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      364 km

    • Maritime claims:

        exclusive fishing zone:
        12 nm

        territorial sea:
        12 nm

    • International disputes:

    • Climate:
      tropical; ameliorated by northeast trade winds

    • Terrain:
      generally hilly, volcanic interiors

    • Natural resources:
      phosphates (Curacao only), salt (Bonaire only)

    • Land use:

        arable land:

        permanent crops:

        meadows and pastures:

        forest and woodland:


    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:

        natural hazards:
        Curacao and Bonaire are south of Caribbean hurricane belt, so rarely threatened; Sint Maarten, Saba, and Sint Eustatius are subject to hurricanes from July to October

        international agreements:
        party to - Whaling (extended from Netherlands)

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