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    Argentina Geography - 1990

      Total area: 2,766,890 km2
      land area: 2,736,690 km2

      Comparative area: slightly more than four times the size of Texas

      Land boundaries: 9,665 km total; Bolivia 832 km, Brazil 1,224 km, Chile 5,150 km, Paraguay 1,880 km, Uruguay 579 km

      Coastline: 4,989 km

      Maritime claims:

      Continental shelf: 200 meters or to depth of exploitation;

      Territorial sea: 200 nm (overflight and navigation permitted beyond 12 nm)

      Disputes: short section of the boundary with Uruguay is in dispute; short section of the boundary with Chile is indefinite; claims British-administered Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas); claims British-administered South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; territorial claim in Antarctica

      Climate: mostly temperate; arid in southeast; subantarctic in southwest

      Terrain: rich plains of the Pampas in northern half, flat to rolling plateau of Patagonia in south, rugged Andes along western border

      Natural resources: fertile plains of the pampas, lead, zinc, tin, copper, iron ore, manganese, crude oil, uranium

      Land use: 9% arable land; 4% permanent crops; 52% meadows and pastures; 22% forest and woodland; 13% other; includes 1% irrigated

      Environment: Tucuman and Mendoza areas in Andes subject to earthquakes; pamperos are violent windstorms that can strike Pampas and northeast; irrigated soil degradation; desertification; air and water pollution in Buenos Aires

      Note: second-largest country in South America (after Brazil); strategic location relative to sea lanes between South Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans (Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel, Drake Passage)

      NOTE: The information regarding Argentina on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Argentina Geography 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Argentina Geography 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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