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Guernsey Geography Profile 2018

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LocationWestern Europe, islands in the English Channel, northwest of France
Geographic coordinates49 28 N, 2 35 W
Map referencesEurope
Areatotal: 78 sq km
land: 78 sq km
water: 0 sq km
note: includes Alderney, Guernsey, Herm, Sark, and some other smaller islands
Area - comparativeabout one-half the size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries0 km
Coastline50 km
Maritime claimsterritorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm
Climatetemperate with mild winters and cool summers; about 50% of days are overcast
Terrainmostly flat with low hills in southwest
Elevation extremesmean elevation: NA
elevation extremes: lowest point: English Channel 0 m
highest point: Le Moulin on Sark 114 m
Natural resourcescropland
Irrigated landNA
Natural hazardsvery large tidal variation and fast currents can make local waters dangerous
Environment - current issuescoastal erosion, coastal flooding; declining biodiversity due to land abandonment and succession to scrub or woodland
Geography - notelarge, deepwater harbor at Saint Peter Port

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on January 20, 2018