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    Netherlands Antilles Geography 1997

      Location Caribbean, two island groups in the Caribbean Sea - one includes Curacaoand Bonaire north of Venezuela and the other is east of the Virgin Islands

      Geographic coordinates 12 15 N, 68 45 W

      Map references Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 960 sq km
      land: 960 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      note: includes Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten (Dutchpart of the island of Saint Martin)

      Area - comparative more than five times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries
      total: 10.2 km
      border countries: Guadeloupe (Saint Martin) 10.2 km

      Coastline 364 km

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

      Climate tropical; ameliorated by northeast trade winds

      Terrain generally hilly, volcanic interiors

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Mount Scenery 862 m

      Natural resources phosphates (Curacao only), salt (Bonaire only)

      Land use
      arable land: 10%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland: 0%
      other : 90% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards Curacao and Bonaire are south of Caribbean hurricane belt, so are rarelythreatened; Sint Maarten, Saba, and Sint Eustatius are subject to hurricanesfrom July to October

      Environment - current issues NA

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Whaling (extended from Netherlands)
      signed, but not ratified: NA

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

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