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    Netherlands Antilles Geography - 1990

      Total area: 960 km2
      land area: 960 km2; includes Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten (Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin)

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

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 364 km

      Maritime claims:

      Exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm;

      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: tropical; modified by northeast trade winds

      Terrain: generally hilly, volcanic interiors

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

      Land use: 8% arable land; 0% permanent crops; 0% meadows and pastures; 0% forest and woodland; 92% other

      Environment: 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

      Note: consists of two island groups--Curacao and Bonaire are located off the coast of Venezuela, and Sint Maarten, Saba, and Sint Eustatius lie 800 km to the north

      NOTE: The information regarding Netherlands Antilles on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Netherlands Antilles Geography 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Netherlands Antilles Geography 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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