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    The Bahamas Geography 1997

      Location Caribbean, chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast ofFlorida

      Geographic coordinates 24 15 N, 76 00 W

      Map references Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 13,940 sq km
      land: 10,070 sq km
      water : 3,870 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly smaller than Connecticut

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 3,542 km

      Maritime claims
      continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation (measured from the archipelagicstraight baselines)
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream

      Terrain long, flat coral formations with some low rounded hills

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point : Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mount Alvernia 63 m

      Natural resources salt, aragonite, timber

      Land use
      arable land : 1%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland: 32%
      other : 67% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards hurricanes and other tropical storms that cause extensive flood andwind damage

      Environment - current issues coral reef decay

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes,Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution,Whaling
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note strategic location adjacent to US and Cuba; extensive island chain

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

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