×
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Geography Stats

Definitions

  • Area > Comparative: The area of various small countries expressed in comparison to various areas within the United States of America.
  • Area > Comparative to US places: This entry provides an area comparison based on total area equivalents. Most entities are compared with the entire US or one of the 50 states based on area measurements (1990 revised) provided by the US Bureau of the Census. The smaller entities are compared with Washington, DC (178 sq km, 69 sq mi) or The Mall in Washington, DC (0.59 sq km, 0.23 sq mi, 146 acres).
  • Area > Land: Total land area in square kilometres
  • Area > Total: Total area in square kilometers
  • Climate: A brief description of typical weather regimes throughout the year.
  • Elevation extremes > Highest point: Highest point above sea level
  • Geographic coordinates: This entry includes rounded latitude and longitude figures for the purpose of finding the approximate geographic center of an entity and is based on the Gazetteer of Conventional Names, Third Edition, August 1988, US Board on Geographic Names and on other sources.
  • Land use > Other: The percentage share of used land that is not arable or under permanent crops. This includes permanent meadows and pastures, forests and woodlands, built-on areas, roads, barren land, etc.
  • Location: The country's regional location, neighboring countries, and adjacent bodies of water.
  • Map references: The name of the CIA World Factbook reference map on which a country may be found. The entry on Geographic coordinates may be helpful in finding some smaller countries.
  • Maritime claims > Territorial sea: territorial sea - the sovereignty of a coastal State extends beyond its land territory and internal waters to an adjacent belt of sea, described as the territorial sea in the LOS Convention (Part II); this sovereignty extends to the air space over the territorial sea as well as its underlying seabed and subsoil; every State has the right to establish the breadth of its territorial sea up to a limit not exceeding 12 nautical miles. A full and definitive definition can be found in the Law of the Sea (LOS) Convention.
  • Natural hazards: Potential natural disasters.
  • Natural resources: A country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance.
  • Population density: People per square kilometre, in 1999. At this time the world average was 14.42.
  • Terrain: A brief description of the topography
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Area > Comparative slightly larger than Rhode Island 2011
Area > Comparative to US places slightly larger than Rhode Island 2008
Area > Land 3,903 sq km 2008 168th out of 235
Area > Total 3,903 sq km 2008 178th out of 247
Climate variable, with mostly westerly winds throughout the year interspersed with periods of calm; nearly all precipitation falls as snow 2011
Elevation extremes > Highest point Mount Paget (South Georgia) 2,934 m 2008
Geographic coordinates 54 30 S, 37 00 W 2008
Land use > Other 100% 2005 8th out of 241
Location Southern South America, islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, east of the tip of South America 2008
Map references Antarctic Region 2011
Maritime claims > Territorial sea 12 nautical mile 2008 51st out of 189
Natural hazards the South Sandwich Islands have prevailing weather conditions that generally make them difficult to approach by ship; they are also subject to active volcanism 2008
Natural resources fish 2008
Population density 0.0 1999 240th out of 255
Terrain most of the islands, rising steeply from the sea, are rugged and mountainous; South Georgia is largely barren and has steep, glacier-covered mountains; the South Sandwich Islands are of volcanic origin with some active volcanoes 2008

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; Heal The World Foundation.

Citation

"South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Geography Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/South-Georgia-and-the-South-Sandwich-Islands/Geography

NationMaster

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Geography Profiles (Subcategories)

Area 6

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands categories

Background Government People
Economy Media Transport
Geography Military