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    British Virgin Islands Geography 1997

      Location Caribbean, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, eastof 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 streamsand springs on Tortola, most of the islands' water supply comes from wellsand 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

      NOTE: The information regarding British Virgin Islands 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 British Virgin Islands Geography 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about British Virgin Islands Geography 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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