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    British Virgin Islands Geography 2000

      Location: Caribbean, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico

      Geographic coordinates: 18 30 N, 64 30 W

      Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

      Area:
      total: 150 sq km
      land: 150 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      note: includes the island of Anegada

      Area - comparative: about 0.9 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 80 km

      Maritime claims:
      exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 3 nm

      Climate: subtropical; humid; temperatures moderated by trade winds

      Terrain: coral islands relatively flat; volcanic islands steep, hilly

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Mount Sage 521 m

      Natural resources: NEGL

      Land use:
      arable land: 20%
      permanent crops: 7%
      permanent pastures: 33%
      forests and woodland: 7%
      other: 33% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: hurricanes and tropical storms (July to October)

      Environment - current issues: limited natural fresh water resources (except for a few seasonal streams and springs on Tortola, most of the islands' water supply comes from wells and rainwater catchment)

      Geography - note: strong ties to nearby US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

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