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Argentina


    • Location:
      Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Chile and Uruguay

    • Map references:
      South America

    • Area:

        total area:
        2,766,890 sq km

        land area:
        2,736,690 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly less than three-tenths the size of the US

    • Land boundaries:
      total 9,665 km, Bolivia 832 km, Brazil 1,224 km, Chile 5,150 km, Paraguay 1,880 km, Uruguay 579 km

    • Coastline:
      4,989 km

    • Maritime claims:

        contiguous zone:
        24 nm

        continental shelf:
        200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin

        exclusive economic zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        12 nm

    • International disputes:
      short section of the boundary with Uruguay is in dispute; short section of the boundary with Chile is indefinite; claims British-administered Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas); claims British-administered South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; territorial claim in Antarctica

    • Climate:
      mostly temperate; arid in southeast; subantarctic in southwest

    • Terrain:
      rich plains of the Pampas in northern half, flat to rolling plateau of Patagonia in south, rugged Andes along western border

    • Natural resources:
      fertile plains of the pampas, lead, zinc, tin, copper, iron ore, manganese, petroleum, uranium

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        9%

        permanent crops:
        4%

        meadows and pastures:
        52%

        forest and woodland:
        22%

        other:
        13%

    • Irrigated land:
      17,600 sq km (1989 est.)

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        erosion results from inadequate flood controls and improper land use practices; irrigated soil degradation; desertification; air pollution in Buenos Aires and other major cites; water pollution in urban areas; rivers becoming polluted due to increased pesticide and fertilizer use

        natural hazards:
        Tucuman and Mendoza areas in the Andes subject to earthquakes; pamperos are violent windstorms that can strike the Pampas and northeast; heavy flooding

        international agreements:
        party to - Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling; signed, but not ratified - Desertification, Law of the Sea, Marine Life Conservation

    • Note:
      second-largest country in South America (after Brazil); strategic location relative to sea lanes between South Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans (Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel, Drake Passage)






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