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British Virgin Islands Geography 2019

SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











British Virgin Islands Geography 2019
SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 08, 2019

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
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

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

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 3 nm
[see also: Maritime claims - territorial sea country ranks ]
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
[see also: Maritime claims - exclusive fishing zone country ranks ]

Climate:
subtropical; humid; temperatures moderated by trade winds
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Terrain:
coral islands relatively flat; volcanic islands steep, hilly

Elevation:
0 m lowest point: Caribbean Sea
521 highest point: Mount Sage

Natural resources:
NEGL; pleasant climate, beaches foster tourism

Land use:
agricultural land: 46.7% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
arable land: 6.7% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 6.7% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - permanent crops country ranks ]
permanent pasture: 33.3% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - permanent pasture country ranks ]
forest: 24.3% (2011 est.)
[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; sewage and mining/industry waste contribute to water pollution, threatening coral reefs

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


NOTE: 1) The information regarding British Virgin Islands on this page is re-published from the 2019 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of British Virgin Islands Geography 2019 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about British Virgin Islands Geography 2019 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) They assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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