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Bermuda (overseas territory of the UK) Geography 1999

    Location: North America, group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, east of North Carolina (US)

    Geographic coordinates: 32 20 N, 64 45 W

    Map references: North America

    total: 50 sq km
    land: 50 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

    Area—comparative: about 0.3 times the size of Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 103 km

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

    Climate: subtropical; mild, humid; gales, strong winds common in winter

    Terrain: low hills separated by fertile depressions

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
    highest point: Town Hill 76 m

    Natural resources: limestone, pleasant climate fostering tourism

    Land use:
    arable land: 6%
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 0%
    forests and woodland: 0%
    other: 94% (1997 est.)
    note: developed (55%) and rural/open space (39%) comprise 94% of Bermudian land area

    Irrigated land: NA sq km

    Natural hazards: hurricanes (June to November)

    Environment—current issues: asbestos disposal; water pollution; preservation of open space

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

    Geography—note: consists of about 360 small coral islands with ample rainfall, but no rivers or freshwater lakes; some land, reclaimed and otherwise, was leased by US Government from 1941 to 1995

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