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    Guadeloupe Geography 2001

      Location: Caribbean, islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto Rico

      Geographic coordinates: 16 15 N, 61 35 W

      Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 1,780 sq km
      land: 1,706 sq km
      water: 74 sq km
      note: Guadeloupe is an archipelago of nine inhabited islands, including Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, La Desirade, Iles des Saintes (2), Saint-Barthelemy, Iles de la Petite Terre, and Saint-Martin (French part of the island of Saint Martin

      Area - comparative: 10 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries:
      total: 10.2 km
      border countries: Netherlands Antilles (Sint Maarten) 10.2 km

      Coastline: 306 km

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

      Climate: subtropical tempered by trade winds; moderately high humidity

      Terrain: Basse-Terre is volcanic in origin with interior mountains; Grande-Terre is low limestone formation; most of the seven other islands are volcanic in origin

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Soufriere 1,467 m

      Natural resources: cultivable land, beaches and climate that foster tourism

      Land use:
      arable land: 14%
      permanent crops: 4%
      permanent pastures: 14%
      forests and woodland: 39%
      other: 29% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: 30 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards: hurricanes (June to October); Soufriere is an active volcano

      Environment - current issues: NA

      NOTE: The information regarding Guadeloupe on this page is re-published from the 2001 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guadeloupe Geography 2001 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Guadeloupe Geography 2001 should be addressed to the CIA.

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