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    Namibia Geography - 1990

      Total area: 824,290 km2
      land area: 823,290 km2

      Comparative area: slightly more than half the size of Alaska

      Land boundaries: 3,935 km total; Angola 1,376 km, Botswana 1,360 km, South Africa 966 km, Zambia 233 km

      Coastline: 1,489 km

      Maritime claims:

      Exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm;

      Territorial sea: 6 nm

      Disputes: short section of boundary with Botswana is indefinite; quadripoint with Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe is in disagreement; possible future claim to South Africa's Walvis Bay

      Climate: desert; hot, dry; rainfall sparse and erratic

      Terrain: mostly high plateau; Namib Desert along coast; Kalahari Desert in east

      Natural resources: diamonds, copper, uranium, gold, lead, tin, zinc, salt, vanadium, natural gas, fish; suspected deposits of coal and iron ore

      Land use: 1% arable land; NEGL% permanent crops; 64% meadows and pastures; 22% forest and woodland; 13% other; includes NEGL% irrigated

      Environment: inhospitable with very limited natural water resources; desertification

      Note: Walvis Bay area is an exclave of South Africa in Namibia

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

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