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Jan Mayen (territory of Norway) Geography 1999

    Location: Northern Europe, island between the Greenland Sea and the Norwegian Sea, northeast of Iceland

    Geographic coordinates: 71 00 N, 8 00 W

    Map references: Arctic Region

    total: 373 sq km
    land: 373 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

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

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 124.1 km

    Maritime claims:
    contiguous zone: 10 nm
    continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
    exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
    territorial sea: 4 nm

    Climate: arctic maritime with frequent storms and persistent fog

    Terrain: volcanic island, partly covered by glaciers

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Norwegian Sea 0 m
    highest point: Haakon VII Toppen/Beerenberg 2,277 m

    Natural resources: none

    Land use:
    arable land: 0%
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 0%
    forests and woodland: 0%
    other: 100%

    Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

    Natural hazards: dominated by the volcano Haakon VII Toppen/Beerenberg; volcanic activity resumed in 1970

    Environment—current issues: NA

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

    Geography—note: barren volcanic island with some moss and grass

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