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    Navassa Island Geography 2000

      Location: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, about one-fourth of the way from Haiti to Jamaica

      Geographic coordinates: 18 25 N, 75 02 W

      Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

      Area:
      total: 5.2 sq km
      land: 5.2 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative: about nine times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 8 km

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

      Climate: marine, tropical

      Terrain: raised coral and limestone plateau, flat to undulating; ringed by vertical white cliffs (9 to 15 m high)

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: unnamed location on southwest side 77 m

      Natural resources: guano

      Land use:
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 10%
      forests and woodland: 0%
      other: 90%

      Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1998)

      Natural hazards: NA

      Environment - current issues: NA

      Geography - note: strategic location 160 km south of the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; mostly exposed rock, but enough grassland to support goat herds; dense stands of fig-like trees, scattered cactus

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