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    Barbados Geography 2000

      Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela

      Geographic coordinates: 13 10 N, 59 32 W

      Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

      Area:
      total: 430 sq km
      land: 430 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 97 km

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

      Climate: tropical; rainy season (June to October)

      Terrain: relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mount Hillaby 336 m

      Natural resources: petroleum, fish, natural gas

      Land use:
      arable land: 37%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 5%
      forests and woodland: 12%
      other: 46% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: infrequent hurricanes; periodic landslides

      Environment - current issues: pollution of coastal waters from waste disposal by ships; soil erosion; illegal solid waste disposal threatens contamination of aquifers

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution
      signed, but not ratified: Biodiversity

      Geography - note: easternmost Caribbean island

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