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    Dominica Geography 2000

      Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago

      Geographic coordinates: 15 25 N, 61 20 W

      Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 754 sq km
      land: 754 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly more than four times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 148 km

      Maritime claims:
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall

      Terrain: rugged mountains of volcanic origin

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Morne Diablatins 1,447 m

      Natural resources: timber, hydropower, arable land

      Land use:
      arable land: 9%
      permanent crops: 13%
      permanent pastures: 3%
      forests and woodland: 67%
      other: 8% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: flash floods are a constant threat; destructive hurricanes can be expected during the late summer months

      Environment - current issues: NA

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Whaling
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

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