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Togo Geography 1996

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

    • Map references:

    • Area:

        total area:
        56,790 sq km

        land area:
        54,390 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly smaller than West Virginia

    • Land boundaries:
      total 1,647 km, Benin 644 km, Burkina 126 km, Ghana 877 km

    • Coastline:
      56 km

    • Maritime claims:

        exclusive economic zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        30 nm

    • International disputes:

    • Climate:
      tropical; hot, humid in south; semiarid in north

    • Terrain:
      gently rolling savanna in north; central hills; southern plateau; low coastal plain with extensive lagoons and marshes

    • Natural resources:
      phosphates, limestone, marble

    • Land use:

        arable land:

        permanent crops:

        meadows and pastures:

        forest and woodland:


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

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        deforestation attributable to slash-and-burn agriculture and the use of wood for fuel; recent droughts affecting agriculture

        natural hazards:
        hot, dry harmattan wind can reduce visibility in north during winter; periodic droughts

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

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