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    Guatemala Geography - 1990

      Total area: 108,890 km2
      land area: 108,430 km2

      Comparative area: slightly smaller than Tennessee

      Land boundaries: 1,687 km total; Belize 266 km, El Salvador 203 km, Honduras 256 km, Mexico 962 km

      Coastline: 400 km

      Maritime claims:

      Continental shelf: not specific;

      Extended economic zone: 200 nm;

      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: claims Belize, but boundary negotiations are under way

      Climate: tropical; hot, humid in lowlands; cooler in highlands

      Terrain: mostly mountains with narrow coastal plains and rolling limestone plateau (Peten)

      Natural resources: crude oil, nickel, rare woods, fish, chicle

      Land use: 12% arable land; 4% permanent crops; 12% meadows and pastures; 40% forest and woodland; 32% other; includes 1% irrigated

      Environment: numerous volcanoes in mountains, with frequent violent earthquakes; Caribbean coast subject to hurricanes and other tropical storms; deforestation; soil erosion; water pollution

      Note: no natural harbors on west coast

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

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