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Trinidad and Tobago, Land and Resources

Pitch Lake, Aripo, island of Tobago, Chaguaramas, natural harbor

Trinidad is traversed roughly from east to west by three ranges of hills. The highest point, El Cerro del Aripo, is 940 m (3,084 ft) above sea level. The island has only one natural harbor, at Chaguaramas on the western coast, but the entire Gulf of Paria provides safe anchorage. The northern coast is rocky, the southern coast is steep, and the eastern coast is exposed to heavy surf. In the southwestern part of Trinidad is the famous 42-hectare (104-acre) Pitch Lake, which yields large quantities of asphalt. The island of Tobago is of volcanic origin and is, in actuality, a single mountain mass that reaches an elevation of 550 m (1,804 ft) above sea level at its summit.



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