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Virgin Islands 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, 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

Area:
total: 1,910 sq km
country comparison to the world: 181
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 346 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 1,564 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]

Area - comparative:
twice the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries:
0 km

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

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

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

Terrain:
mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - lowest point country ranks ]
highest point: Crown Mountain 474 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - highest point country ranks ]

Natural resources:
sun, sand, sea, surf

Land use:
arable land: 5.71%
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 2.86%
[see also: Land use - permanent crops country ranks ]
other: 91.43% (2005)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
NA
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

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 2011 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Virgin Islands Geography 2011 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Virgin Islands Geography 2011 should be addressed to the CIA.



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