Grenada, Land and Population
French dialect, mahogany trees, population of Grenada, Saint Catherine, highest peak
Grenada is of volcanic origin and is mountainous. The highest peak is Mount Saint Catherine (840 m/ 2,756 ft). Valleys interspersed between the mountains are picturesque and fertile, and many contain swift-flowing streams. The island also has hot springs, several mountain lakes, and excellent beaches. The climate is tropical, with an average annual temperature of 28° C (82° F) along the coast. Annual rainfall is 1,500 mm (60 in) on the coast; a rainy season lasts from June to December. Forests in the interior contain teak and mahogany trees.
The population of Grenada (2002 estimate) is 89,211. The people are predominantly black, and a majority are Roman Catholic. English is the official language, but a French dialect is also spoken. Education is free and compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16.
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