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Bahamas, The Geography 2014

SOURCE: 2014 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Bahamas, The Geography 2014
SOURCE: 2014 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on December 17, 2013

Location:
chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba

Geographic coordinates:
24 15 N, 76 00 W

Map references:
Central America and the Caribbean

Area:
total: 13,880 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 161
land: 10,010 sq km
water: 3,870 sq km

Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than Connecticut

Land boundaries:
0 km
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Coastline:
3,542 km
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Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm

Climate:
tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream
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Terrain:
long, flat coral formations with some low rounded hills

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
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highest point: Mount Alvernia on Cat Island 63 m

Natural resources:
salt, aragonite, timber, arable land

Land use:
arable land: 0.65%
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permanent crops: 0.29%
other: 99.06% (2011)

Irrigated land:
10 sq km (2003)
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Total renewable water resources:
0.02 cu km (2011)
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Natural hazards:
hurricanes and other tropical storms cause extensive flood and wind damage

Environment - current issues:
coral reef decay; solid waste disposal

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography - note:
strategic location adjacent to US and Cuba; extensive island chain of which 30 are inhabited


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Bahamas, The on this page is re-published from the 2014 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Bahamas, The Geography 2014 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Bahamas, The Geography 2014 should be addressed to the CIA.
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