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British Virgin Islands (overseas territory of the UK) Geography 1999

    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

    total: 150 sq km
    land: 150 sq km
    water: 0 sq km
    note: includes the island of Anegada

    Area—comparative: about 0.9 times the size of Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 80 km

    Maritime claims:
    exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
    territorial sea: 3 nm

    Climate: subtropical; humid; temperatures moderated by trade winds

    Terrain: coral islands relatively flat; volcanic islands steep, hilly

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

    Natural resources: NEGL

    Land use:
    arable land: 20%
    permanent crops: 7%
    permanent pastures: 33%
    forests and woodland: 7%
    other: 33% (1993 est.)

    Irrigated land: NA sq km

    Natural hazards: hurricanes and tropical storms (July to October)

    Environment—current issues: limited natural fresh water resources (except for a few seasonal streams and springs on Tortola, most of the islands' water supply comes from wells and rainwater catchment)

    Environment—international agreements:
    party to: NA
    signed, but not ratified: NA

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

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