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Cote d'Ivoire Geography 1996

    • Affiliation:
      (also known as Ivory Coast)

    • Location:
      Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Ghana and Liberia

    • Map references:

    • Area:

        total area:
        322,460 sq km

        land area:
        318,000 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly larger than New Mexico

    • Land boundaries:
      total 3,110 km, Burkina 584 km, Ghana 668 km, Guinea 610 km, Liberia 716 km, Mali 532 km

    • Coastline:
      515 km

    • Maritime claims:

        continental shelf:
        200 nm

        exclusive economic zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        12 nm

    • International disputes:

    • Climate:
      tropical along coast, semiarid in far north; three seasons - warm and dry (November to March), hot and dry (March to May), hot and wet (June to October)

    • Terrain:
      mostly flat to undulating plains; mountains in northwest

    • Natural resources:
      petroleum, diamonds, manganese, iron ore, cobalt, bauxite, copper

    • Land use:

        arable land:

        permanent crops:

        meadows and pastures:

        forest and woodland:


    • Irrigated land:
      620 sq km (1989 est.)

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        deforestation (most of the country's forests - once the largest in West Africa - have been cleared by the timber industry); water pollution from sewage and industrial and agricultural effluents

        natural hazards:
        coast has heavy surf and no natural harbors; during the rainy season torrential flooding is possible

        international agreements:
        party to - Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83; signed, but not ratified - Desertification

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