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    Saint Lucia Geography 1998

      Location Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago

      Geographic coordinates 13 53 N, 60 68 W

      Map references Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 620 sq km
      land: 610 sq km
      water: 10 sq km

      Area - comparative 3.5 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 158 km

      Maritime claims 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season from January to April, rainy season from May to August

      Terrain volcanic and mountainous with some broad, fertile valleys

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Mount Gimie 950 m

      Natural resources forests, sandy beaches, minerals (pumice), mineral springs, geothermal potential

      Land use
      arable land: 8%
      permanent crops: 21%
      permanent pastures: 5%
      forests and woodland: 13%
      other: 53% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land 10 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards hurricanes and volcanic activity

      Environment - current issues deforestation; soil erosion, particularly in the northern region

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Whaling
      signed, but not ratified: Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

      NOTE: The information regarding Saint Lucia on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Saint Lucia Geography 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Saint Lucia Geography 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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