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    Guadeloupe Geography - 2002

      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

      total: 1,780 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)
      water: 74 sq km
      land: 1,706 sq km

      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 1,484 m

      Natural resources cultivable land, beaches and climate that foster tourism

      Land use
      arable land: 11%
      permanent crops: 4%
      other: 85% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land 20 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards hurricanes (June to October); Soufriere de Guadeloupe is an active volcano

      Environment - current issues NA

      Geography - note a narrow channel, the Riviere Salee, divides Guadeloupe proper into two islands: the larger, western Basse-Terre and the smaller, eastern Grande-Terre

      NOTE: The information regarding Guadeloupe on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guadeloupe Geography 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Guadeloupe Geography 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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