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Montserrat Geography 2018

SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Montserrat Geography 2018
SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 28, 2018

Location:
Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto Rico

Geographic coordinates:
16 45 N, 62 12 W

Map references:
Central America and the Caribbean

Area:
total: 102 sq km
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land: 102 sq km
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water: 0 sq km
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country comparison to the world: 226

Area - comparative:
about 0.6 times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries:
0 km

Coastline:
40 km
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Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
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exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
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Climate:
tropical; little daily or seasonal temperature variation
More Climate Details

Terrain:
volcanic island, mostly mountainous, with small coastal lowland

Elevation:
mean elevation: NA
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elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m highest point: Soufriere Hills volcano pre-eruption height was 915 m; current lava dome is subject to periodic build up and collapse; estimated dome height was 1050 m in 2015

Natural resources:
NEGL

Land use:
agricultural land: 30% arable land 20%; permanent crops 0%; permanent pasture 10%
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forest: 25%
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other: 45% (2011 est.)
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Irrigated land:
0 sq km (2012)
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Population - distribution:
only the northern half of the island is populated, the southern portion is uninhabitable due to volcanic activity

Natural hazards:
volcanic eruptions; severe hurricanes (June to November)
volcanism: Soufriere Hills volcano (915 m), has erupted continuously since 1995; a massive eruption in 1997 destroyed most of the capital, Plymouth, and resulted in approximately half of the island becoming uninhabitable; the island of Montserrat is part of the volcanic island arc of the Lesser Antilles that extends from Saba in the north to Grenada in the south

Environment - current issues:
land erosion occurs on slopes that have been cleared for cultivation

Geography - note:
the island is entirely volcanic in origin and comprised of three major volcanic centers of differing ages


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Montserrat on this page is re-published from the 2018 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Montserrat Geography 2018 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Montserrat Geography 2018 should be addressed to the CIA.
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  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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