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    World Geography - 1989

      Total area: 510,072,000 km2
      361,132,000 km2 (70.8%) is water and 148,940,000 km2 (29.2%) is land

      Comparative area: land area about 16 times the size of the US

      Land boundaries: 442,000 km

      Coastline: 359,000 km

      Maritime claims: @m5Contiguous zone: generally 24 nm, but varies from 4 nm to 24 nm
      @m5Continental shelf: generally 200 nm, but some are 200 meters in depth
      @m5Exclusive fishing zone: most are 200 nm, but varies from 12 nm to 200 nm
      @m5Extended economic zone: 200 nm, only Madagascar claims 150 nm
      @m5Territorial sea: generally 12 nm, but varies from 3 nm to 200 nm

      Disputes: 13 international land boundary disputes--Argentina-Uruguay, Bangladesh-India, Brazil-Paraguay, Brazil-Uruguay, Cambodia-Vietnam, China-India, China-USSR, Ecuador-Peru, El Salvador-Honduras, French Guiana-Suriname, Guyana-Suriname, Guyana-Venezuela, Qatar-UAE

      Climate: two large areas of polar climates separated by two rather narrow temperate zones from a wide equatorial band of tropical to subtropical climates

      Terrain: highest elevation is Mt. Everest at 8,848 meters and lowest elevation is the Dead Sea at 392 meters below sea level; greatest ocean depth is the Marianas Trench at 10,924 meters

      Natural resources: the oceans represent the last major frontier for the discovery and development of natural resources

      Land use: 10% arable land; 1% permanent crops; 24% meadows and pastures; 31% forest and woodland; 34% other; includes 1.6% irrigated

      Environment: large areas subject to severe weather (tropical cyclones), natural disasters (earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions), industrial disasters, pollution (air, water, acid rain, toxic substances), loss of vegetation (overgrazing, deforestation, desertification), loss of wildlife resources, soil degradation, soil depletion, erosion

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

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