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Terrain of the British and U.S. Virgin Islands

18.4N 64.6W

January 20th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Puerto Rico - January 3rd, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the Virgin Islands, the eastern island group of the Leeward Islands. The Leeward Islands are the northern part of the Lesser Antilles, which form the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Politically, the eastern islands form the British Virgin Islands and the western ones form the United States Virgin Islands.

Here, Puerto Rico is partially visible at the left edge. The island southeast of Puerto Rico is Vieques, an island-municipality of Puerto Rico. The island near the bottom edge is Saint Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The remaining islands above are divided among the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Most of the islands are volcanic in origin and have a hilly, rugged terrain. Anegada, one of the British Virgin Islands, is geologically distinct from the rest of the group and is a flat island composed of limestone and coral. Saint Croix, the largest of the US Virgin Islands, also has a flatter terrain.

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