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    Cayman Islands Geography 1997

      Location Caribbean, island group in Caribbean Sea, nearly one-half of the wayfrom Cuba to Honduras

      Geographic coordinates 19 30 N, 80 30 W

      Map references Central America and the Caribbean

      total : 260 sq km
      land: 260 sq km
      water : 0 sq km

      Area - comparative 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 160 km

      Maritime claims
      exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate tropical marine; warm, rainy summers (May to October) and cool, relativelydry winters (November to April)

      Terrain low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: The Bluff 43 m

      Natural resources fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism

      Land use
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops : 0%
      permanent pastures: 8%
      forests and woodland: 23%
      other: 69% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards hurricanes (July to November)

      Environment - current issues no natural fresh water resources, drinking water supplies must be metby rainwater catchment

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

      Geography - note important location between Cuba and Central America

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

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