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    Mexico Geography - 1989

      Total area: 1,972,550 km2
      land area: 1,923,040 km2

      Comparative area: slightly less than three times the size of Texas

      Land boundaries: 4,538 km total
      Belize 250 km, Guatemala 962 km, US 3,326 km

      Coastline: 9,330 km

      Maritime claims: @m5Extended economic zone: 200 nm
      @m5Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: varies from tropical to desert

      Terrain: mostly high, rugged mountains with low coastal plains and high plateaus

      Natural resources: crude oil, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber

      Land use: 12% arable land; 1% permanent crops; 39% meadows and pastures; 24% forest and woodland; 24% other; includes 3% irrigated

      Environment: subject to tsunamis along the Pacific coast and destructive earthquakes in the center and south; natural water resources scarce in north, inaccessible and poor quality in center and extreme southeast; deforestation; erosion widespread; desertification

      Note: strategic location on southern border of US

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

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