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An overview of the geography of dominica a caribbean country

Population density per sq. There are 1, km of roads, 50 per cent paved.

What Are Physical Landforms of the Caribbean Islands?

The airports at Melville Hall, 64 km north-east of Roseau, and Canefield, 5 km north of Roseau, can accommodate only turbo- prop passenger aircraft. Tourists flying into Dominica must therefore generally come via the nearby island of Antigua. A volcanic island 46 km in length, Dominica has a central mountain ridge running from Cape Melville in the north to the cliffs in the south.

Morne Diablotin rises to 1, metres. There are numerous mountain streams and rivers, none of them navigable.

  1. Rock formations are mainly volcanic andesite and rhyolite, with fallen boulders and sharp-edged protrusions peppering slope bases. Most beaches are of black volcanic sand, with some of golden sand.
  2. As much of Dominica's important infrustructure is located along the coastline, close to the present sea level, this makes them vulnerable to flooding and storms. The climate is subtropical and hot, but cooled by sea breezes, with a rainy season in June—October, when hurricanes may occur.
  3. The scenery is outstandingly beautiful, with waterfalls and luxuriantly wooded mountains.

The scenery is outstandingly beautiful, with waterfalls and luxuriantly wooded mountains. Most beaches are of black volcanic sand, with some of golden sand.

The climate is subtropical and hot, but cooled by sea breezes, with a rainy season in June—October, when hurricanes may occur. Rainfall is heavy, especially in mountain areas. The most significant environmental issues are shortage of drinking water; deforestation; soil erosion; pollution of the coastal zone by chemicals used in farming and factories, and untreated sewage.

Dominica is known as the nature island of the Caribbean. Dense forest and woodland cover 59 per cent of the land area, with subtropical vegetation and orchids in the valleys. Tree ferns are indigenous to the island.

Arable and cropped land extends to some 32 per cent of the total land area. The island has a fertile volcanic soil.

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The forests have a wide range of bird species at least three of them rare and endangered,including the brilliant Dominica parrot, or Sisserou, which is depicted on the national flag, various species of doves and the mountain whistler.

There are three distinct vegetation and habitat zones determined by rainfall and elevation at defined levels around the mountains. The country has two marine reserves and several hectares of forest reserve.