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    Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Geography - 1990

      Total area: 12,170 km2
      land area: 12,170 km2; includes the two main islands of East and West Falkland and about 200 small islands

      Comparative area: slightly smaller than Connecticut

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 1,288 km

      Maritime claims:

      Continental shelf: 100 meter depth;

      Exclusive fishing zone: 150 nm;

      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: administered by the UK, claimed by Argentina

      Climate: cold marine; strong westerly winds, cloudy, humid; rain occurs on more than half of days in year; occasional snow all year, except in January and February, but does not accumulate

      Terrain: rocky, hilly, mountainous with some boggy, undulating plains

      Natural resources: fish and wildlife

      Land use: 0% arable land; 0% permanent crops; 99% meadows and pastures; 0% forest and woodland; 1% other

      Environment: poor soil fertility and a short growing season

      Note: deeply indented coast provides good natural harbors

      NOTE: The information regarding Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) 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 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Geography 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Geography 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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