Navassa Island

Last modified

Resources

PAGE LAST UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2011
Flag of Navassa Island
(CONTAINS DESCRIPTION)
Location of Navassa Island
CLICK FLAG OR MAP TO ENLARGE Opens in New Window
 
Map of Navassa Island
CLICK MAP TO ENLARGE Opens in New Window
No Photos available for Navassa Island
 
NO PHOTOS AVAILABLE OF NAVASSA ISLAND
 

Introduction

Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
This uninhabited island was claimed by the US in 1857 for its guano. Mining took place between 1865 and 1898. The lighthouse, built in 1917, was shut down in 1996 and administration of Navassa Island transferred from the Coast Guard to the Department of the Interior. A 1998 scientific expedition to the island described it as a unique preserve of Caribbean biodiversity; the following year it became a National Wildlife Refuge and annual scientific expeditions have continued.
 
Back to Top

Geography

Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, 35 miles west of Tiburon Peninsula of Haiti
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
18 25 N, 75 02 W
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
total: 5.4 sq km
country comparison to the world: 246
land: 5.4 sq km
water: 0 sq km
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
about nine times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
0 km
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
8 km
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
marine, tropical
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
raised coral and limestone plateau, flat to undulating; ringed by vertical white cliffs (9 to 15 m high)
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
highest point: unnamed elevation on southwest side 77 m
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
guano
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (2005)
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
hurricanes
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
NA
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
strategic location 160 km south of the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; mostly exposed rock with numerous solution holes (limestone sinkholes) but with enough grassland to support goat herds; dense stands of fig trees, scattered cactus
 
Back to Top

People and Society

Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
uninhabited
note: transient Haitian fishermen and others camp on the island
 
Back to Top

Government

Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Navassa Island
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
unorganized, unincorporated territory of the US; administered by the Fish and Wildlife Service, US Department of the Interior from the Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Boqueron, Puerto Rico; in September 1996, the Coast Guard ceased operations and maintenance of Navassa Island Light, a 46-meter-tall lighthouse on the southern side of the island; there has also been a private claim advanced against the island
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
the laws of the US, where applicable, apply
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
none (territory of the US)
 
Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
the flag of the US is used
 
Back to Top

Economy

Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
Subsistence fishing and commercial trawling occur within refuge waters.
 
Back to Top

Communications

Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
no television or radio broadcast stations (2009)
 
Back to Top

Transportation

Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
none; offshore anchorage only
 
Back to Top

Military

Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
defense is the responsibility of the US
 
Back to Top

Transnational Issues

Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order.
claimed by Haiti, source of subsistence fishing
Page statistics
445 view(s) and 3 edit(s)
Social share
Share this page?

Tags

This page has no custom tags.
This page has no classifications.

Comments

You must to post a comment.

Attachments