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Montserrat (overseas territory of the UK) Geography

    Location: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto Rico

    Geographic coordinates: 16 45 N, 62 12 W

    Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

    Area:
    total: 100 sq km
    land: 100 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

    Area—comparative: about 0.6 times the size of Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 40 km

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

    Climate: tropical; little daily or seasonal temperature variation

    Terrain: volcanic islands, mostly mountainous, with small coastal lowland

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
    highest point: Chances Peak 914 m

    Natural resources: NEGL

    Land use:
    arable land: 20%
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 10%
    forests and woodland: 40%
    other: 30% (1993 est.)

    Irrigated land: NA sq km

    Natural hazards: severe hurricanes (June to November); volcanic eruptions (full-scale eruptions of the Soufriere Hills volcano occurred during 1996-97)

    Environment—current issues: land erosion occurs on slopes that have been cleared for cultivation

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

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