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Costa Rica is not an island. Many believe the tiny country is a floating oasis, however it is located on the Central American isthmus between Nicaragua and Panama bordered by the Caribbean Sea and North Pacific Ocean. The diverse land is smaller than West Virginia and has a tropical and subtropical climate with a rainy and dry season. It is also home to more than 100 volcanic cones, some of which are active. Four volcanoes are located in Costa Rica's capital San José. The land is abundant with rounded hills and coastal plains that are met by a central, rugged mountain range that stretches across the country. Costa Rica has beaches, waterfalls, rainforests, rivers and cloud forests. Due to agricultural produce being a main export item, deforestation of the land is a major cause of concern for the use of ranching and farming. However, Costa Rican has been gaining a reputation for being green because roughly 27 percent of the country's land is protected. It has 26 national parks and 160 protected areas, along with refuges and reserves. Tortuguero National Park protects a length of shoreline where sea turtles come to breed. The country has become a part of more than 10 different environmental treaties.

Natural resources: hydro-power

Natural hazards: occasional earthquakes, hurricanes along Atlantic coast; frequent flooding of lowlands at onset of rainy season and landslides; active volcanoes

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