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    Virgin Islands Geography - 1990

      Total area: 352 km2
      land area: 349 km2

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

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 188 km

      Maritime claims:

      Contiguous zone: 12 nm;

      Continental shelf: 200 m;

      Extended economic zone: 200 nm;

      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      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: 15% arable land; 6% permanent crops; 26% meadows and pastures; 6% forest and woodland; 47% other

      Environment: rarely affected by hurricanes; subject to frequent severe droughts, floods, earthquakes; lack of natural freshwater resources

      Note: important location 1,770 km southeast of Miami and 65 km east of Puerto Rico, along the Anegada Passage--a key shipping lane for the Panama Canal; St. Thomas has one of the best natural, deepwater harbors in the Caribbean

      NOTE: The information regarding Virgin Islands 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 Virgin Islands Geography 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Virgin Islands Geography 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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