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    Saint Helena Geography - 1991

      Total area: 410 km2
      land area: 410 km2
      includes Ascension, Gough Island, Inaccessible Island, Nightingale Island, and Tristan da Cunha

      Comparative area: slightly more than 2.3 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 60 km

      Maritime claims: Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: tropical; marine; mild, tempered by trade winds

      Terrain: rugged, volcanic; small scattered plateaus and plains

      Natural resources: fish; Ascension is a breeding ground for sea turtles and sooty terns; no minerals

      Land use: arable land 7%; permanent crops 0%; meadows and pastures 7%; forest and woodland 3%; other 83%

      Environment: very few perennial streams

      Note: located 1,920 km west of Angola, about two-thirds of the way between South America and Africa; Napoleon Bonaparte's place of exile and burial; the remains were taken to Paris in 1840

      NOTE: The information regarding Saint Helena 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 Saint Helena Geography 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Saint Helena Geography 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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