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    Netherlands Antilles Geography 2001

      Location: Caribbean, two island groups in the Caribbean Sea - one includes Curacao and Bonaire north of Venezuela; the other is east of the Virgin Islands

      Geographic coordinates: 12 15 N, 68 45 W

      Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 960 sq km
      land: 960 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      note: includes Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten (Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin)

      Area - comparative: more than five times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries:
      total: 10.2 km
      border countries: Guadeloupe (Saint Martin) 10.2 km

      Coastline: 364 km

      Maritime claims:
      exclusive fishing zone: 12 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM

      Climate: tropical; ameliorated by northeast trade winds

      Terrain: generally hilly, volcanic interiors

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Mount Scenery 862 m

      Natural resources: phosphates (Curacao only), salt (Bonaire only)

      Land use:
      arable land: 10%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland: 0%
      other: 90% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: Curacao and Bonaire are south of Caribbean hurricane belt and are rarely threatened; Sint Maarten, Saba, and Sint Eustatius are subject to hurricanes from July to October

      Environment - current issues: NA

      NOTE: The information regarding Netherlands Antilles 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 Netherlands Antilles Geography 2001 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Netherlands Antilles Geography 2001 should be addressed to the CIA.

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