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Barbados Geography 1999

    Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela

    Geographic coordinates: 13 10 N, 59 32 W

    Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

    total: 430 sq km
    land: 430 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

    Area—comparative: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 97 km

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

    Climate: tropical; rainy season (June to October)

    Terrain: relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
    highest point: Mount Hillaby 336 m

    Natural resources: petroleum, fish, natural gas

    Land use:
    arable land: 37%
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 5%
    forests and woodland: 12%
    other: 46% (1993 est.)

    Irrigated land: NA sq km

    Natural hazards: infrequent hurricanes; periodic landslides

    Environment—current issues: pollution of coastal waters from waste disposal by ships; soil erosion; illegal solid waste disposal threatens contamination of aquifers

    Environment—international agreements:
    party to: Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution
    signed, but not ratified: Biodiversity

    Geography—note: easternmost Caribbean island

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