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    Poland Geography - 1989

      Total area: 312,680 km2
      land area: 304,510 km2

      Comparative area: slightly smaller than New Mexico

      Land boundaries: 2,980 km total
      Czechoslovakia 1,309 km, GDR 456 km, USSR 1,215 km

      Coastline: 491 km

      Maritime claims: @m5Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
      @m5Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: marine boundary with GDR

      Climate: temperate with cold, cloudy, moderately severe winters with frequent precipitation; mild summers with frequent showers and thundershowers

      Terrain: mostly flat plain, mountains along southern border

      Natural resources: coal, sulfur, copper, natural gas, silver, lead, salt

      Land use: 48% arable land; 1% permanent crops; 13% meadows and pastures; 29% forest and woodland; 9% other; includes NEGL% irrigated

      Environment: plain crossed by a few north-flowing, meandering streams; severe air and water pollution in south

      Note: historically, an area of conflict because of flat terrain and the lack of natural barriers on the North European Plain

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

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