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Guadeloupe Geography

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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
Area: 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


Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook

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