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Saint Barthelemy Geography Profile 2017

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LocationCaribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean; located in the Leeward Islands (northern) group; Saint Barthelemy lies east of the US Virgin Islands
Geographic coordinates17 90 N, 62 85 W
Map referencesCentral America and the Caribbean
Areatotal: 25 sq km
land: 25 sq km
water: NEGL
Area - comparativeless than one-eighth the size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries0 km
Climatetropical, with practically no variation in temperature; has two seasons (dry and humid)
Terrainhilly, almost completely surrounded by shallow-water reefs, with plentiful beaches
Elevation extremesmean elevation: NA
elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Ocean 0 m
highest point: Morne du Vitet 286 m
Natural resourcesfew natural resources; beaches foster tourism
Population distributionmost of the populace concentrated in and around the capital of Gustavia, but scattered settlements exist around the island periphery
Environment - current issueswith no natural rivers or streams, fresh water is in short supply, especially in summer, and provided by desalination of sea water, collection of rain water, or imported via water tanker
Geography - notea 1,200-hectare marine nature reserve, the Reserve Naturelle, is made up of five zones around the island that form a network to protect the island's coral reefs, seagrass, and endangered marine species

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on July 9, 2017