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Saint Lucia Geography 2018

SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Saint Lucia Geography 2018
SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 28, 2018

Location:
Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago

Geographic coordinates:
13 53 N, 60 58 W

Map references:
Central America and the Caribbean

Area:
total: 616 sq km
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land: 606 sq km
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water: 10 sq km
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country comparison to the world: 193

Area - comparative:
three and a half times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries:
0 km

Coastline:
158 km
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Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
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contiguous zone: 24 nm
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exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
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continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
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Climate:
tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season January to April, rainy season May to August
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Terrain:
volcanic and mountainous with broad, fertile valleys

Elevation:
mean elevation: NA
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elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m highest point: Mount Gimie 948 m

Natural resources:
forests, sandy beaches, minerals (pumice), mineral springs, geothermal potential

Land use:
agricultural land: 17.4% arable land 4.9%; permanent crops 11.5%; permanent pasture 1%
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forest: 77%
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other: 5.6% (2011 est.)
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Irrigated land:
30 sq km (2012)
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Population - distribution:
most of the population is found on the periphery of the island, with a larger concentration in the north around the capital of Castries

Natural hazards:
hurricanes
volcanism: Mount Gimie (948 m), also known as Qualibou, is a caldera on the west of the island; the iconic twin pyramidal peaks of Gros Piton (771 m) and Petit Piton (743 m) are lava dome remnants associated with the Soufriere volcano; there have been no historical magmatic eruptions, but a minor steam eruption in 1766 spread a thin layer of ash over a wide area; Saint Lucia 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:
deforestation; soil erosion, particularly in the northern region

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography - note:
the twin Pitons (Gros Piton and Petit Piton), striking cone-shaped peaks south of Soufriere, are one of the scenic natural highlights of the Caribbean


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Saint Lucia 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 Saint Lucia Geography 2018 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Saint Lucia Geography 2018 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) The 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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