Geography of Montserrat

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Tropical; little daily or seasonal temperature variation.


Location: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto Rico

Geographic coordinates: 16°45′N 62°12′W / 16.75°N 62.2°W / 16.75; -62.2

Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

total: 100 km²
land: 100 km²
water: 0 km²

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 40 km

Maritime claims:
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nmi (370.4 km; 230.2 mi)
territorial sea: 3 nmi (5.556 km; 3.452 mi)

Terrain: volcanic islands, mostly mountainous, with small coastal lowland

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
highest point: Chances Peak (in the Soufrière Hills) 915 m

Natural resources: NEGL

Land use:
arable land: 20%
permanent crops: 0%
permanent pastures: 10%
forests and woodland: 40%
other: 30% (1993 est.)

Irrigated land: NA km²

Natural hazards: severe hurricanes (June to November); volcanic eruptions (full-scale eruptions of the Soufriere Hills volcano occurred during 1996-97)

Environment - current issues: Land erosion occurs on slopes that have been cleared for cultivation.


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