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    Barbados Geography - 2005

      Caribbean, island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela

      Geographic coordinates:
      13 10 N, 59 32 W

      Map references:
      Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 431 sq km
      land: 431 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

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

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      97 km

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

      tropical; rainy season (June to October)

      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: 37.21%
      permanent crops: 2.33%
      other: 60.46% (2001)

      Irrigated land:
      10 sq km (1998 est.)

      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: Biodiversity, 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: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note:
      easternmost Caribbean island

      NOTE: The information regarding Barbados on this page is re-published from the 2005 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Barbados Geography 2005 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Barbados Geography 2005 should be addressed to the CIA.

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