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    Cameroon Geography - 1990

      Total area: 475,440 km2
      land area: 469,440 km2

      Comparative area: slightly larger than California

      Land boundaries: 4,591 km total; Central African Republic 797 km, Chad 1,094 km, Congo 523 km, Equatorial Guinea 189 km, Gabon 298 km, Nigeria 1,690 km

      Coastline: 402 km

      Maritime claims:

      Continental shelf: not specific;

      Territorial sea: 50 nm

      Disputes: exact locations of the Chad-Niger-Nigeria and Cameroon-Chad-Nigeria tripoints in Lake Chad have not been determined, so the boundary has not been demarcated and border incidents have resulted; Nigerian proposals to reopen maritime boundary negotiations and redemarcate the entire land boundary have been rejected by Cameroon

      Climate: varies with terrain from tropical along coast to semiarid and hot in north

      Terrain: diverse with coastal plain in southwest, dissected plateau in center, mountains in west, plains in north

      Natural resources: crude oil, bauxite, iron ore, timber, hydropower potential

      Land use: 13% arable land; 2% permanent crops; 18% meadows and pastures; 54% forest and woodland; 13% other; includes NEGL% irrigated

      Environment: recent volcanic activity with release of poisonous gases; deforestation; overgrazing; desertification

      Note: sometimes referred to as the hinge of Africa

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

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