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    Montserrat Geography - 2004

      Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto Rico

      Geographic coordinates:
      16 45 N, 62 12 W

      Map references:
      Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 102 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 102 sq km

      Area - comparative:
      about 0.6 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      40 km

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

      tropical; little daily or seasonal temperature variation

      volcanic island, mostly mountainous, with small coastal lowland

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Chances Peak (in the Soufriere Hills volcanic complex) 914 m

      Natural resources:

      Land use:
      arable land: 20%
      permanent crops: 0%
      other: 80% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

      Natural hazards:
      severe hurricanes (June to November); volcanic eruptions (Soufriere Hills volcano has erupted continuously since 1995)

      Environment - current issues:
      land erosion occurs on slopes that have been cleared for cultivation

      Geography - note:
      the island is entirely volcanic in origin and contains seven active volcanoes

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

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