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    Angola Geography - 1991

      Total area: 1,246,700 km2
      land area: 1,246,700 km2

      Comparative area: slightly less than twice the size of Texas

      Land boundaries: 5,198 km total
      Congo 201 km, Namibia 1,376 km, Zaire 2,511 km, Zambia 1,110 km

      Coastline: 1,600 km

      Maritime claims: Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
      Territorial sea: 20 nm

      Disputes: civil war since independence on 11 November 1975; on 31 May 1991 Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos SANTOS and Jonas SAVIMBI, leader of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), signed a peace treaty that calls for multiparty elections between September and November 1992, an internationally monitored cease-fire, and termination of outside military assistance

      Climate: semiarid in south and along coast to Luanda; north has cool, dry season (May to October) and hot, rainy season (November to April)

      Terrain: narrow coastal plain rises abruptly to vast interior plateau

      Natural resources: petroleum, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, copper, feldspar, gold, bauxite, uranium

      Land use: arable land 2%; permanent crops NEGL%; meadows and pastures 23%; forest and woodland 43%; other 32%

      Environment: locally heavy rainfall causes periodic flooding on plateau; desertification

      Note: Cabinda is separated from rest of country by Zaire

      NOTE: The information regarding Angola on this page is re-published from the 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Angola Geography 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Angola Geography 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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