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Dominica Geography

    Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago

    Geographic coordinates: 15 25 N, 61 20 W

    Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

    Area:
    total: 750 sq km
    land: 750 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

    Area—comparative: slightly more than four times the size of Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 148 km

    Maritime claims:
    contiguous zone: 24 nm
    exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
    territorial sea: 12 nm

    Climate: tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall

    Terrain: rugged mountains of volcanic origin

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
    highest point: Morne Diablatins 1,447 m

    Natural resources: timber

    Land use:
    arable land: 9%
    permanent crops: 13%
    permanent pastures: 3%
    forests and woodland: 67%
    other: 8% (1993 est.)

    Irrigated land: NA sq km

    Natural hazards: flash floods are a constant threat; destructive hurricanes can be expected during the late summer months

    Environment—current issues: NA

    Environment—international agreements:
    party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Whaling
    signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

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