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    Jamaica Geography - 1991

      Total area: 10,990 km2
      land area: 10,830 km2

      Comparative area: slightly smaller than Connecticut

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 1,022 km

      Maritime claims:
      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: tropical; hot, humid; temperate interior

      Terrain: mostly mountains with narrow, discontinuous coastal plain

      Natural resources: bauxite, gypsum, limestone

      Land use: arable land 19%; permanent crops 6%; meadows and pastures 18%; forest and woodland 28%; other 29%; includes irrigated 3%

      Environment: subject to hurricanes (especially July to November); deforestation; water pollution

      Note: strategic location between Cayman Trench and Jamaica Channel, the main sea lanes for Panama Canal

      NOTE: The information regarding Jamaica on this page is re-published from the 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Jamaica Geography 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Jamaica Geography 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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