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    Montserrat Geography 2000

      Location: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto Rico

      Geographic coordinates: 16 45 N, 62 12 W

      Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 100 sq km
      land: 100 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative: about 0.6 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 40 km

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

      Climate: tropical; little daily or seasonal temperature variation

      Terrain: volcanic islands, mostly mountainous, with small coastal lowland

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Chances Peak (in the Soufriere Hills) 914 m

      Natural resources: NEGL

      Land use:
      arable land: 20%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 10%
      forests and woodland: 40%
      other: 30% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: severe hurricanes (June to November); volcanic eruptions (full-scale eruptions of the Soufriere Hills volcano occurred during 1996-97)

      Environment - current issues: land erosion occurs on slopes that have been cleared for cultivation

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