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    Tunisia Geography - 1989

      Total area: 163,610 km2
      land area: 155,360 km2

      Comparative area: slightly more than twice the size of South Carolina

      Land boundaries: 1,424 km total
      Algeria 965 km, Libya 459 km

      Coastline: 1,148 km

      Maritime claim: @m5Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: maritime boundary dispute with Libya

      Climate: temperate in north with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers; desert in south

      Terrain: mountains in north; hot, dry central plain; semiarid south merges into the Sahara

      Natural resources: crude oil, phosphates, iron ore, lead, zinc, salt

      Land use: 20% arable land; 10% permanent crops; 19% meadows and pastures; 4% forest and woodland; 47% other; includes 1% irrigated

      Environment: deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification

      Note: strategic location in central Mediterranean; only 144 km from Italy across the Strait of Sicily; borders Libya on east

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

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