Grenada is a small, mountainoussland of volcanic origin located about 90 miles north of Trinidad and Venezuela. Ovate-shaped, xcept for the Point Saline peninsula, the island is 21 miles in greatest length and 12 miles in greatest width. The highest volcanic peak rises to an levation of 2,756 feet. Easterly trade winds blowing across the island are deflected upwards by the central mountains. Thus cooled they deposit enough rain to average 150 inches of water per year. Many small, deeply entrenched streams radiate outward from the high central areas carrying this water to the sea. The central mountains, even today, support a tropical wet-forest vegetation. among CARICOM members and duties on goods imported from outside CARICOM. Area: ECONOMY The economy of Grenada is based upon agricultural production (nutmeg, mace, cocoa, and bananas) and tourism. Agriculture accounts for over half of merchandise exports, and a large portion of the population is employed directly or indirectly in agriculture. Recently, the performance of the agricultural sector has not been good. Grenada's banana exports declined markedly in volume and quality in 1996, and it is a question to what extent the country will remain a banana exporter. Tourism remains the key earner of foreign exchange. Grenada is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM). Most goods can be imported into Grenada under open general license, but some goods require specific licenses. Goods that are produced in the Eastern Caribbean receive additional protection; in May 1991, the CARICOM common external tariff (CET) was implemented. The CET aims to facilitate economic growth through intra-regional trade by offering duty-free trade 344 sq. km. (133 sq. mi.); about twice the size of Washington, DC. Cities: Capital--St. George's (est. pop. 30,000). Terrain: Volcanic island with mountainous rainforest. Climate: Tropical. Agricultural pollutants that can affect ground and surface waters include sediment, nutrients, pesticides, pathogens, and solid waste. These pollutants are washed off and transported during rainfall events or during irrigation into streams, rivers, and coastal wetlands. In addition, agricultural cultivation practices and livestock production can accelerate soil erosion on land, leading to increased sedimentation and turbidity in water bodies and decreased soil productivity. Grenada’s warm temperatures, high annual rainfall, and fertile black soil support a rich tropical vegetation, and bananas, limes, mangoes, and coconuts grow in profusion. The country is well known for it’s production of such spices as nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, ginger, and vanilla, as well as cocoa. Welcome To Grenada’s Soil And Vegetation. There will be more information as time goes on.
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