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Dominican Republic Geography 2011
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SOURCE: 2011 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


















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Page last updated on January 12, 2011

Location:
Caribbean, eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Haiti

Geographic coordinates:
19 00 N, 70 40 W

Map references:
Central America and the Caribbean

Area:
total: 48,670 sq km
country comparison to the world: 131
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 48,320 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 350 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]

Area - comparative:
slightly more than twice the size of New Hampshire

Land boundaries:
total: 360 km
[see also: Land boundaries - total country ranks ]
border countries: Haiti 360 km

Coastline:
1,288 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
measured from claimed archipelagic straight baselines
territorial sea: 6 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin

Climate:
tropical maritime; little seasonal temperature variation; seasonal variation in rainfall
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Terrain:
rugged highlands and mountains with fertile valleys interspersed

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Lago Enriquillo -46 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - lowest point country ranks ]
highest point: Pico Duarte 3,175 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - highest point country ranks ]

Natural resources:
nickel, bauxite, gold, silver

Land use:
arable land: 22.49%
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 10.26%
[see also: Land use - permanent crops country ranks ]
other: 67.25% (2005)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
2,750 sq km (2003)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Total renewable water resources:
21 cu km (2000)
[see also: Total renewable water resources country ranks ]

Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
total: 3.39 cu km/yr (32%/2%/66%)
[see also: Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural) - total country ranks ]
per capita: 381 cu m/yr (2000)
[see also: Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural) - per capita country ranks ]

Natural hazards:
lies in the middle of the hurricane belt and subject to severe storms from June to October; occasional flooding; periodic droughts

Environment - current issues:
water shortages; soil eroding into the sea damages coral reefs; deforestation

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea

Geography - note:
shares island of Hispaniola with Haiti


NOTE: The information regarding Dominican Republic on this page is re-published from the 2011 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Dominican Republic Geography 2011 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Dominican Republic Geography 2011 should be addressed to the CIA.



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