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Guadeloupe (overseas department of France) Geography

    Location: Caribbean, islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto Rico

    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, Saint Barthelemy, and part of Saint 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-Terre is low limestone formation; most of the seven other islands are volcanic in origin

    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); Soufriere is an active volcano

    Environment—current issues: NA

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

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