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    Guadeloupe Geography 1997

      Location Caribbean, islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea, southeast of PuertoRico

      Geographic coordinates 16 15 N, 61 35 W

      Map references Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 1,780 sq km
      land: 1,706 sq km
      water: 74 sq km
      note: Guadeloupe is an archipelago of nine inhabited islands, including Basse-Terre,Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, La Desirade, Iles des Saintes, St. Barthelemy,and part of St. Martin

      Area - comparative 10 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries
      total: 10.2 km
      border countries: Netherlands Antilles (Sint Maarten) 10.2 km

      Coastline 306 km

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

      Climate subtropical tempered by trade winds; moderately high humidity

      Terrain Basse-Terre is volcanic in origin with interior mountains; Grande-Terreis low limestone formation; most of the seven other islands are volcanic inorigin

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Soufriere 1,467 m

      Natural resources cultivable land, beaches and climate that foster tourism

      Land use
      arable land: 14%
      permanent crops: 4%
      permanent pastures: 14%
      forests and woodland: 39%
      other: 29% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land 30 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards hurricanes (June to October); La Soufriere is an active volcano

      Environment - current issues NA

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

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

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