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    Jan Mayen Geography 2000

      Location: Northern Europe, island between the Greenland Sea and the Norwegian Sea, northeast of Iceland

      Geographic coordinates: 71 00 N, 8 00 W

      Map references: Arctic Region

      Area:
      total: 373 sq km
      land: 373 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

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

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 124.1 km

      Maritime claims:
      contiguous zone: 10 nm
      continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 4 nm

      Climate: arctic maritime with frequent storms and persistent fog

      Terrain: volcanic island, partly covered by glaciers

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Norwegian Sea 0 m
      highest point: Haakon VII Toppen/Beerenberg 2,277 m

      Natural resources: none

      Land use:
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland: 0%
      other: 100%

      Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

      Natural hazards: dominated by the volcano Haakon VII Toppen/Beerenberg; volcanic activity resumed in 1970

      Environment - current issues: NA

      Geography - note: barren volcanic island with some moss and grass

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