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The Bahamas Geography 1996

    • Location:
      Caribbean, chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida

    • Map references:
      Central America and the Caribbean

    • Area:

        total area:
        13,940 sq km

        land area:
        10,070 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly larger than Connecticut

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      3,542 km

    • Maritime claims:

        continental shelf:
        200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation

        exclusive fishing zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        3 nm

    • International disputes:

    • Climate:
      tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream

    • Terrain:
      long, flat coral formations with some low rounded hills

    • Natural resources:
      salt, aragonite, timber

    • Land use:

        arable land:

        permanent crops:

        meadows and pastures:

        forest and woodland:


    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        coral reef decay

        natural hazards:
        hurricanes and other tropical storms that cause extensive flood and wind damage

        international agreements:
        party to - Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution

    • Note:
      strategic location adjacent to US and Cuba; extensive island chain

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