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Barbados Geography

Barbados    Geography Top of Page
Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela
Geographic coordinates: 13 10 N, 59 32 W
Map references: Central America and the Caribbean
Area: total:  430 sq km

land:  430 sq km

water:  0 sq km
Area - comparative: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries: 0 km
Coastline: 97 km
Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone:  200 NM

territorial sea:  12 NM
Climate: tropical; rainy season (June to October)
Terrain: relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region
Elevation extremes: lowest point:  Atlantic Ocean 0 m

highest point:  Mount Hillaby 336 m
Natural resources: petroleum, fish, natural gas
Land use: arable land:  37%

permanent crops:  0%

permanent pastures:  5%

forests and woodland:  12%

other:  46% (1993 est.)
Irrigated land: NA sq km
Natural hazards: infrequent hurricanes; periodic landslides
Environment - current issues: pollution of coastal waters from waste disposal by ships; soil erosion; illegal solid waste disposal threatens contamination of aquifers
Environment - international agreements: party to:  Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution

signed, but not ratified:  Biodiversity
Geography - note: easternmost Caribbean island


Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook

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