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    British Virgin Islands Geography - 2004

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

      Geographic coordinates:
      18 30 N, 64 30 W

      Map references:
      Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 153 sq km
      note: comprised of 16 inhabited and more than 20 uninhabited islands; includes the island of Anegada
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 153 sq km

      Area - comparative:
      about 0.9 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      80 km

      Maritime claims - as described in UNCLOS 1982 (see Notes and Definitions):
      territorial sea: 3 NM
      exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM

      subtropical; humid; temperatures moderated by trade winds

      coral islands relatively flat; volcanic islands steep, hilly

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Mount Sage 521 m

      Natural resources:

      Land use:
      arable land: 20%
      permanent crops: 6.67%
      other: 73.33% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

      Natural hazards:
      hurricanes and tropical storms (July to October)

      Environment - current issues:
      limited natural fresh water resources (except for a few seasonal streams and springs on Tortola, most of the islands' water supply comes from wells and rainwater catchments)

      Geography - note:
      strong ties to nearby US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

      NOTE: The information regarding British Virgin Islands 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 British Virgin Islands Geography 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about British Virgin Islands Geography 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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