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British Virgin Islands Geography 2017
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SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











British Virgin Islands Geography 2017
SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on January 12, 2017

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

Geographic coordinates:
18 30 N, 64 30 W

Map references:
Central America and the Caribbean

Area:
total: 151 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 151 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 0 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
note: comprised of 16 inhabited and more than 20 uninhabited islands; includes the islands of Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke
country comparison to the world: 220

Area - comparative:
about 0.9 times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries:
0 km
[see also: Land boundaries country ranks ]

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

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm

Climate:
subtropical; humid; temperatures moderated by trade winds

Terrain:
coral islands relatively flat; volcanic islands steep, hilly

Elevation:
mean elevation: NA
[see also: Mean Elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m highest point: Mount Sage 521 m

Natural resources:
NEGL; pleasant climate, beaches foster tourism

Land use:
agricultural land: 46.7% arable land 6.7%; permanent crops 6.7%; permanent pasture 33.3%
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
forest: 24.3%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 29% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

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

Population - distribution:
a fairly even distribution throughout the inhabited islands, with the largest islands of Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke having the largest populations

Natural hazards:
hurricanes and tropical storms (July to October)

Environment - current issues:
limited natural freshwater resources except for a few seasonal streams and springs on Tortola; most of the islands' water supply comes from desalination plants

Geography - note:
strong ties to nearby US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico


NOTE: The information regarding British Virgin Islands on this page is re-published from the 2017 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of British Virgin Islands Geography 2017 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about British Virgin Islands Geography 2017 should be addressed to the CIA.




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