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    Barbados Geography 1997

      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, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea,Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Whaling
      signed, but not ratified: Biodiversity

      Geography - note easternmost Caribbean island

      NOTE: The information regarding Barbados on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Barbados Geography 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Barbados Geography 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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