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Gabon Geography 1996

    • Location:
      Western Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean at the Equator, between Congo and Equatorial Guinea

    • Map references:

    • Area:

        total area:
        267,670 sq km

        land area:
        257,670 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly smaller than Colorado

    • Land boundaries:
      total 2,551 km, Cameroon 298 km, Congo 1,903 km, Equatorial Guinea 350 km

    • Coastline:
      885 km

    • Maritime claims:

        contiguous zone:
        24 nm

        exclusive economic zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        12 nm

    • International disputes:
      maritime boundary dispute with Equatorial Guinea because of disputed sovereignty over islands in Corisco Bay

    • Climate:
      tropical; always hot, humid

    • Terrain:
      narrow coastal plain; hilly interior; savanna in east and south

    • Natural resources:
      petroleum, manganese, uranium, gold, timber, iron ore

    • Land use:

        arable land:

        permanent crops:

        meadows and pastures:

        forest and woodland:


    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        deforestation; poaching

        natural hazards:

        international agreements:
        party to - Endangered Species, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Wetlands; signed, but not ratified - Biodiversity, Climate Change, Law of the Sea, Tropical Timber 94

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