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Belarus Geography 1996

    • Location:
      Eastern Europe, east of Poland

    • Map references:
      Commonwealth of Independent States - European States

    • Area:

        total area:
        207,600 sq km

        land area:
        207,600 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly smaller than Kansas

    • Land boundaries:
      total 3,098 km, Latvia 141 km, Lithuania 502 km, Poland 605 km, Russia 959 km, Ukraine 891 km

    • Coastline:
      0 km (landlocked)

    • Maritime claims:
      none; landlocked

    • International disputes:

    • Climate:
      cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime

    • Terrain:
      generally flat and contains much marshland

    • Natural resources:
      forest land, peat deposits, small quantities of oil and natural gas

    • Land use:

        arable land:

        permanent crops:

        meadows and pastures:

        forest and woodland:


    • Irrigated land:
      1,490 sq km (1990)

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        soil pollution from pesticide use; southern part of the country contaminated with fallout from 1986 nuclear reactor accident at Chornobyl'

        natural hazards:

        international agreements:
        party to - Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur 85, Biodiversity, Environmental Modification, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection; signed, but not ratified - Climate Change, Law of the Sea

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