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    Dominica Geography - 2003

      Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago

      Geographic coordinates: 15 25 N, 61 20 W

      Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

      Area: total: 754 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 754 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly more than four times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 148 km

      Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM

      Climate: tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall

      Terrain: rugged mountains of volcanic origin

      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Morne Diablatins 1,447 m

      Natural resources: timber, hydropower, arable land

      Land use: arable land: 4%
      permanent crops: 16%
      other: 80% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: flash floods are a constant threat; destructive hurricanes can be expected during the late summer months

      Environment - current issues: NA

      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Whaling
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note: known as "The Nature Island of the Caribbean" due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are protected by an extensive natural park system; the most mountainous of the Lesser Antilles, its volcanic peaks are cones of lava craters and include Boiling Lake, the second-largest, thermally active lake in the world

      NOTE: The information regarding Dominica on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Dominica Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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