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    Bhutan Geography - 1991

      Total area: 47,000 km2
      land area: 47,000 km2

      Comparative area: slightly more than half the size of Indiana

      Land boundaries: 1,075 km total; China 470 km, India 605 km

      Coastline: none--landlocked

      Maritime claims: none--landlocked

      Climate: varies; tropical in southern plains; cool winters and hot summers in central valleys; severe winters and cool summers in Himalayas

      Terrain: mostly mountainous with some fertile valleys and savanna

      Natural resources: timber, hydropower, gypsum, calcium carbide, tourism potential

      Land use: arable land 2%; permanent crops NEGL%; meadows and pastures 5%; forest and woodland 70%; other 23%

      Environment: violent storms coming down from the Himalayas were the source of the country name which translates as Land of the Thunder Dragon

      Note: landlocked; strategic location between China and India; controls several key Himalayan mountain passes

      NOTE: The information regarding Bhutan 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 Bhutan Geography 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Bhutan Geography 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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