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    Saint Lucia Geography 2000

      Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago

      Geographic coordinates: 13 53 N, 60 68 W

      Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 620 sq km
      land: 610 sq km
      water: 10 sq km

      Area - comparative: 3.5 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 158 km

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

      Climate: tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season from January to April, rainy season from May to August

      Terrain: volcanic and mountainous with some broad, fertile valleys

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Mount Gimie 950 m

      Natural resources: forests, sandy beaches, minerals (pumice), mineral springs, geothermal potential

      Land use:
      arable land: 8%
      permanent crops: 21%
      permanent pastures: 5%
      forests and woodland: 13%
      other: 53% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: 10 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards: hurricanes and volcanic activity

      Environment - current issues: deforestation; soil erosion, particularly in the northern region

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

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