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    Namibia Geography - 1989

      Total area: 824,290 km2
      land area: 823,290 km2

      Comparative area: slightly more than half the size of Alaska

      Land boundaries: 3,935 km total
      Angola 1,376 km, Botswana 1,360 km, South Africa 966 km, Zambia 233 km

      Coastline: 1,489 km

      Maritime claims: @m5Exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm
      @m5Territorial sea: 6 nm

      Disputes: short section of boundary with Botswana is indefinite; quadripoint with Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe is in disagreement; South Africa will continue to administer Namibia until UN resolution 435 is implemented on 1 April 1989 and UN-sponsored independence elections are held 1 November 1989

      Climate: desert; hot, dry; rainfall sparse and erratic

      Terrain: mostly high plateau; Namib Desert along coast; Kalahari Desert in east

      Natural resources: diamonds, copper, uranium, lead, tin, zinc, salt, vanadium, natural gas, fish; suspected deposits of coal and iron ore

      Land use: 1% arable land; NEGL% permanent crops; 64% meadows and pastures; 22% forest and woodland; 13% other; includes NEGL% irrigated

      Environment: inhospitable with very limited natural water resources; desertification

      Note: Walvis Bay area is an exclave of South Africa in Namibia

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

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