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    Benin Geography - 1990

      Total area: 112,620 km2
      land area: 110,620 km2

      Comparative area: slightly smaller than Pennsylvania

      Land boundaries: 1,989 km total; Burkina 306 km, Niger 266 km, Nigeria 773 km, Togo 644 km

      Coastline: 121 km

      Maritime claims:

      Territorial sea: 200 nm

      Climate: tropical; hot, humid in south; semiarid in north

      Terrain: mostly flat to undulating plain; some hills and low mountains

      Natural resources: small offshore oil deposits, limestone, marble, timber

      Land use: 12% arable land; 4% permanent crops; 4% meadows and pastures; 35% forest and woodland; 45% other; includes NEGL% irrigated

      Environment: hot, dry, dusty harmattan wind may affect north in winter; deforestation; desertification

      Note: recent droughts have severely affected marginal agriculture in north; no natural harbors

      NOTE: The information regarding Benin 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 Benin Geography 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Benin Geography 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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