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    Greece Geography - 1989

      Total area: 131,940 km2
      land area: 130,800 km2
      includes Crete

      Comparative area: slightly smaller than Alabama

      Land boundaries: 1,228 km total
      Albania 282 km, Bulgaria 494 km, Turkey 206 km, Yugoslavia 246 km

      Coastline: 13,676 km

      Maritime claims: @m5Continental shelf: 200 meters or to depth of exploitation @m5Territorial sea: 6 nm

      Disputes: complex maritime and air (but not territorial) disputes with Turkey in Aegean Sea; Cyprus question; Macedonia question with Bulgaria and Yugoslavia; Northern Epirus question with Albania

      Climate: temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers

      Terrain: mostly mountains with ranges extending into sea as peninsulas or chains of islands

      Natural resources: bauxite, lignite, magnesite, crude oil, marble

      Land use: 23% arable land; 8% permanent crops; 40% meadows and pastures; 20% forest and woodland; 9% other; includes 7% irrigated

      Environment: subject to severe earthquakes; air pollution; archipelago of 2,000 islands

      Note: strategic location dominating the Aegean Sea and southern approach to Turkish Straits

      NOTE: The information regarding Greece 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 Greece Geography 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Greece Geography 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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