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    Guyana Geography - 1991

      Total area: 214,970 km2
      land area: 196,850 km2

      Comparative area: slightly smaller than Idaho

      Land boundaries: 2,462 km total
      Brazil 1,119 km, Suriname 600 km, Venezuela 743 km

      Coastline: 459 km

      Maritime claims: Continental shelf: outer edge of continental margin or 200 nm
      Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: all of the area west of the Essequibo river claimed by Venezuela; Suriname claims area between New (Upper Courantyne) and Courantyne/Kutari Rivers (all headwaters of the Courantyne)

      Climate: tropical; hot, humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; two rainy seasons (May to mid-August, mid-November to mid-January)

      Terrain: mostly rolling highlands; low coastal plain; savanna in south

      Natural resources: bauxite, gold, diamonds, hardwood timber, shrimp, fish

      Land use: arable land 3%; permanent crops NEGL%; meadows and pastures 6%; forest and woodland 83%; other 8%; includes irrigated 1%

      Environment: flash floods a constant threat during rainy seasons; water pollution

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

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