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    Costa Rica Geography - 1991

      Total area: 51,100 km2
      land area: 50,660 km2; includes Isla del Coco

      Comparative area: slightly smaller than West Virginia

      Land boundaries: 639 km total
      Nicaragua 309 km, Panama 330 km

      Coastline: 1,290 km

      Maritime claims: Continental shelf: 200 nm
      Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: tropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November)

      Terrain: coastal plains separated by rugged mountains

      Natural resources: hydropower potential

      Land use: arable land 6%; permanent crops 7%; meadows and pastures 45%; forest and woodland 34%; other 8%; includes irrigated 1%

      Environment: subject to occasional earthquakes, hurricanes along Atlantic coast; frequent flooding of lowlands at onset of rainy season; active volcanoes; deforestation; soil erosion

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

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