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    Dominica Geography - 2002

      Location Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago

      Geographic coordinates 15 25 N, 61 20 W

      Map references Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 754 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 754 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly more than four times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 148 km

      Maritime claims
      contiguous zone: 24 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM

      Climate tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall

      Terrain rugged mountains of volcanic origin

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Morne Diablatins 1,447 m

      Natural resources timber, hydropower, arable land

      Land use
      arable land: 4%
      permanent crops: 16%
      other: 80% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards flash floods are a constant threat; destructive hurricanes can be expected during the late summer months

      Environment - current issues NA

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

      Geography - note known as "The Nature Island of the Caribbean" due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are protected by an extensive natural park system; the most mountainous of the Lesser Antilles, its volcanic peaks are cones of lava craters and include Boiling Lake, the second-largest, thermally active lake in the world

      NOTE: The information regarding Dominica on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Dominica Geography 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Dominica Geography 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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