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    Mexico Geography - 1990

      Total area: 1,972,550 km2
      land area: 1,923,040 km2

      Comparative area: slightly less than three times the size of Texas

      Land boundaries: 4,538 km total; Belize 250 km, Guatemala 962 km, US 3,326 km

      Coastline: 9,330 km

      Maritime claims:

      Contiguous zone: 24 nm;

      Continental shelf: natural prolongation of continental margin or 200 nm;

      Extended economic zone: 200 nm;

      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: varies from tropical to desert

      Terrain: high, rugged mountains, low coastal plains, high plateaus, and desert

      Natural resources: crude oil, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber

      Land use: 12% arable land; 1% permanent crops; 39% meadows and pastures; 24% forest and woodland; 24% other; includes 3% irrigated

      Environment: subject to tsunamis along the Pacific coast and destructive earthquakes in the center and south; natural water resources scarce and polluted in north, inaccessible and poor quality in center and extreme southeast; deforestation; erosion widespread; desertification; serious air pollution in Mexico City and urban centers along US-Mexico border

      Note: strategic location on southern border of US

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

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