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    Netherlands Antilles (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) Geography 2000

      Location: Caribbean, two island groups in the Caribbean Sea - one includes Curacao and Bonaire north of Venezuela and the other is east of the Virgin Islands

      Geographic coordinates: 12 15 N, 68 45 W

      Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

      Area:
      total: 960 sq km
      land: 960 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      note: includes Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten (Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin)

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

      Land boundaries:
      total: 10.2 km
      border countries: Guadeloupe (Saint Martin) 10.2 km

      Coastline: 364 km

      Maritime claims:
      exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: tropical; ameliorated by northeast trade winds

      Terrain: generally hilly, volcanic interiors

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Mount Scenery 862 m

      Natural resources: phosphates (Curacao only), salt (Bonaire only)

      Land use:
      arable land: 10%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland: 0%
      other: 90% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: Curacao and Bonaire are south of Caribbean hurricane belt and are rarely threatened; Sint Maarten, Saba, and Sint Eustatius are subject to hurricanes from July to October

      Environment - current issues: NA

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