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Virgin Islands


    • Affiliation:
      (territory of the US)

    • Location:
      Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico

    • Map references:
      Central America and the Caribbean

    • Area:

        total area:
        352 sq km

        land area:
        349 sq km

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

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      188 km

    • Maritime claims:

        exclusive economic zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        12 nm

    • International disputes:
      none

    • Climate:
      subtropical, tempered by easterly tradewinds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season May to November

    • Terrain:
      mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land

    • Natural resources:
      sun, sand, sea, surf

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        15%

        permanent crops:
        6%

        meadows and pastures:
        26%

        forest and woodland:
        6%

        other:
        47%

    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        lack of natural freshwater resources

        natural hazards:
        rarely affected by hurricanes; frequent and severe droughts, floods, and earthquakes

        international agreements:
        NA

    • Note:
      important location along the Anegada Passage - a key shipping lane for the Panama Canal; Saint Thomas has one of the best natural, deepwater harbors in the Caribbean






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