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    Botswana Geography - 1989

      Total area: 600,370 km2
      land area: 585,370 km2

      Comparative area: slightly smaller than Texas

      Land boundaries: 4,013 km total; Namibia 1,360 km, South Africa 1,840 km, Zimbabwe 813 km

      Coastline: none--landlocked

      Maritime claims: none--landlocked

      Disputes: short section of the boundary with Namibia is indefinite; quadripoint with Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe is in disagreement

      Climate: semiarid; warm winters and hot summers

      Terrain: predominately flat to gently rolling tableland; Kalahari Desert in southwest

      Natural resources: diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver, natural gas

      Land use: 2% arable land; 0% permanent crops; 75% meadows and pastures; 2% forest and woodland; 21% other; includes NEGL% irrigated

      Environment: rains in early 1988 broke six years of drought that had severely affected the important cattle industry; overgrazing; desertification

      Note: landlocked; very long boundary with South Africa

      NOTE: The information regarding Botswana on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Botswana Geography 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Botswana Geography 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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