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    Virgin Islands (territory of the US) Geography 2000

      Location: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico

      Geographic coordinates: 18 20 N, 64 50 W

      Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

      Area:
      total: 352 sq km
      land: 349 sq km
      water: 3 sq km

      Area - comparative: twice the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 188 km

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

      Climate: subtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season May to November

      Terrain: mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Crown Mountain 474 m

      Natural resources: sun, sand, sea, surf

      Land use:
      arable land: 15%
      permanent crops: 6%
      permanent pastures: 26%
      forests and woodland: 6%
      other: 47% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: several hurricanes in recent years; frequent and severe droughts and floods; occasional earthquakes

      Environment - current issues: lack of natural freshwater resources

      Geography - note: important location along the Anegada Passage - a key shipping lane for the Panama Canal; Saint Thomas has one of the best natural, deepwater harbors in the Caribbean

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