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    Virgin Islands Geography - 2006

      Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico

      Geographic coordinates:
      18 20 N, 64 50 W

      Map references:
      Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 1,910 sq km
      land: 346 sq km
      water: 1,564 sq km

      Area - comparative:
      twice the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      188 km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 12 nm
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm

      subtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season September to November

      mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Crown Mountain 475 m

      Natural resources:
      sun, sand, sea, surf

      Land use:
      arable land: 5.71%
      permanent crops: 2.86%
      other: 91.43% (2005)

      Irrigated land:

      Natural hazards:
      several hurricanes in recent years; frequent and severe droughts and floods; occasional earthquakes

      Environment - current issues:
      lack of natural freshwater resources

      Geography - note:
      important location along the Anegada Passage - a key shipping lane for the Panama Canal; Saint 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 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Virgin Islands Geography 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Virgin Islands Geography 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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