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Saint Kitts and Nevis Geography

    Location: Caribbean, islands in the Caribbean Sea, about one-third of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago

    Geographic coordinates: 17 20 N, 62 45 W

    Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

    Area:
    total: 269 sq km
    land: 269 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

    Area—comparative: 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 135 km

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

    Climate: subtropical tempered by constant sea breezes; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November)

    Terrain: volcanic with mountainous interiors

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
    highest point: Mount Liamuiga 1,156 m

    Natural resources: NEGL

    Land use:
    arable land: 22%
    permanent crops: 17%
    permanent pastures: 3%
    forests and woodland: 17%
    other: 41% (1993 est.)

    Irrigated land: NA sq km

    Natural hazards: hurricanes (July to October)

    Environment—current issues: NA

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

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