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    Portugal Geography - 1990

      Total area: 92,080 km2
      land area: 91,640 km2; includes Azores and Madeira Islands

      Comparative area: slightly smaller than Indiana

      Land boundary: 1,214 km with Spain

      Coastline: 1,793 km

      Maritime claims:

      Continental shelf: 200 meters or to depth of exploitation;

      Extended economic zone: 200 nm;

      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: Macau is scheduled to become a Special Administrative Region of China in 1999; East Timor question with Indonesia

      Climate: maritime temperate; cool and rainy in north, warmer and drier in south

      Terrain: mountainous north of the Tagus, rolling plains in south

      Natural resources: fish, forests (cork), tungsten, iron ore, uranium ore, marble

      Land use: 32% arable land; 6% permanent crops; 6% meadows and pastures; 40% forest and woodland; 16% other; includes 7% irrigated

      Environment: Azores subject to severe earthquakes

      Note: Azores and Madeira Islands occupy strategic locations along western sea approaches to Strait of Gibraltar

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

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