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    Bahamas, The Geography - 2004

      Caribbean, chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba

      Geographic coordinates:
      24 15 N, 76 00 W

      Map references:
      Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 13,940 sq km
      water: 3,870 sq km
      land: 10,070 sq km

      Area - comparative:
      slightly smaller than Connecticut

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      3,542 km

      Maritime claims - as described in UNCLOS 1982 (see Notes and Definitions):
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM

      tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream

      long, flat coral formations with some low rounded hills

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mount Alvernia, on Cat Island 63 m

      Natural resources:
      salt, aragonite, timber, arable land

      Land use:
      arable land: 0.6%
      permanent crops: 0.4%
      other: 99% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

      Natural hazards:
      hurricanes and other tropical storms cause extensive flood and wind damage

      Environment - current issues:
      coral reef decay; solid waste disposal

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note:
      strategic location adjacent to US and Cuba; extensive island chain of which 30 are inhabited

      NOTE: The information regarding Bahamas, The on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Bahamas, The Geography 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Bahamas, The Geography 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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