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    Nigeria Geography - 1989

      Total area: 923,770 km2
      land area: 910,770 km2

      Comparative area: slightly more than twice the size of California

      Land boundaries: 4,047 km total
      Benin 773 km, Cameroon 1,690 km, Chad 87 km, Niger 1,497 km

      Coastline: 853 km

      Maritime claims: @m5Continental shelf: 200 meters or to depth of exploitation
      @m5Extended economic zone: 200 nm
      @m5Territorial sea: 30 nm

      Disputes: exact locations of the Chad-Niger-Nigeria and Cameroon-Chad-Nigeria tripoints in Lake Chad have not been determined, so the boundary has not been demarcated and border incidents have resulted; Nigerian proposals to reopen maritime boundary negotiations and redemarcate the entire land boundary have been rejected by Cameroon

      Climate: varies--equatorial in south, tropical in center, arid in north

      Terrain: southern lowlands merge into central hills and plateaus; mountains in southeast, plains in north

      Natural resources: crude oil, tin, columbite, iron ore, coal, limestone, lead, zinc, natural gas

      Land use: 31% arable land; 3% permanent crops; 23% meadows and pastures; 15% forest and woodland; 28% other; includes NEGL% irrigated

      Environment: recent droughts in north severely affecting marginal agricultural activities; desertification; soil degradation

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

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