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    Guadeloupe Geography 2000

      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 (2), Saint-Barthelemy, Iles de la Petite Terre, and Saint-Martin (French part of the island 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

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