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    Guadeloupe Geography - 2006

      Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Puerto Rico

      Geographic coordinates:
      16 15 N, 61 35 W

      Map references:
      Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 1,780 sq km
      land: 1,706 sq km
      water: 74 sq km
      note: Guadeloupe is an archipelago of nine inhabited islands, including Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, La Desirade, Iles des Saintes (2), Saint-Barthelemy, Iles de la Petite Terre, and Saint-Martin (French part of the island of Saint Martin)

      Area - comparative:
      10 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries:
      total: 10.2 km
      border countries: Netherlands Antilles (Sint Maarten) 10.2 km

      306 km

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

      subtropical tempered by trade winds; moderately high humidity

      Basse-Terre is volcanic in origin with interior mountains; Grande-Terre is low limestone formation; most of the seven other islands are volcanic in origin

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Soufriere 1,484 m

      Natural resources:
      cultivable land, beaches and climate that foster tourism

      Land use:
      arable land: 11.7%
      permanent crops: 2.92%
      other: 85.38% (2005)

      Irrigated land:
      60 sq km (2003)

      Natural hazards:
      hurricanes (June to October); Soufriere de Guadeloupe is an active volcano

      Environment - current issues:

      Geography - note:
      a narrow channel, the Riviere Salee, divides Guadeloupe proper into two islands: the larger, western Basse-Terre and the smaller, eastern Grande-Terre

      NOTE: The information regarding Guadeloupe on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guadeloupe Geography 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Guadeloupe Geography 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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