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    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Geography 1998

      Location Caribbean, islands in the Caribbean Sea, north of Trinidad and Tobago

      Geographic coordinates 13 15 N, 61 12 W

      Map references Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 340 sq km
      land: 340 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative twice the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 84 km

      Maritime claims
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      continental shelf: 200 nm
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate tropical; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November)

      Terrain volcanic, mountainous

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Soufriere 1,234 m

      Natural resources NEGL

      Land use
      arable land: 10%
      permanent crops: 18%
      permanent pastures: 5%
      forests and woodland: 36%
      other: 31% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land 10 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards hurricanes; Soufriere volcano on the island of Saint Vincent is a constant threat

      Environment - current issues pollution of coastal waters and shorelines from discharges by pleasure yachts and other effluents; in some areas pollution is severe enough to make swimming prohibitive

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

      Geography - note the administration of the islands of the Grenadines group is divided between Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada

      NOTE: The information regarding Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 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 Vincent and the Grenadines Geography 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Geography 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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