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Puerto Rico Geography 2011
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SOURCE: 2011 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


















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Page last updated on January 11, 2011

Location:
Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic

Geographic coordinates:
18 15 N, 66 30 W

Map references:
Central America and the Caribbean

Area:
total: 13,790 sq km
country comparison to the world: 162
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 8,870 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 4,921 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]

Area - comparative:
slightly less than three times the size of Rhode Island

Land boundaries:
0 km

Coastline:
501 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

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

Climate:
tropical marine, mild; little seasonal temperature variation

Terrain:
mostly mountains with coastal plain belt in north; mountains precipitous to sea on west coast; sandy beaches along most coastal areas

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - lowest point country ranks ]
highest point: Cerro de Punta 1,338 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - highest point country ranks ]

Natural resources:
some copper and nickel; potential for onshore and offshore oil

Land use:
arable land: 3.69%
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 5.59%
[see also: Land use - permanent crops country ranks ]
other: 90.72% (2005)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
400 sq km (2003)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Natural hazards:
periodic droughts; hurricanes

Environment - current issues:
erosion; occasional drought causing water shortages

Geography - note:
important location along the Mona Passage - a key shipping lane to the Panama Canal; San Juan is one of the biggest and best natural harbors in the Caribbean; many small rivers and high central mountains ensure land is well watered; south coast relatively dry; fertile coastal plain belt in north


NOTE: The information regarding Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico Geography 2011 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Puerto Rico Geography 2011 should be addressed to the CIA.



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