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Saint Kitts & Nevis Geography

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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:  261 sq km (Saint Kitts 168 sq km; Nevis 93 sq km)

land:  261 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: contiguous zone:  24 NM

continental shelf:  200 NM or to the edge of the continental margin

territorial sea:  12 NM

exclusive economic zone:  200 NM
Climate: tropical 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: arable land
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, Ship Pollution, Whaling

signed, but not ratified:  none of the selected agreements


Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook

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