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    Korea, South Geography - 1991

      Total area: 98,480 km2
      land area: 98,190 km2

      Comparative area: slightly larger than Indiana

      Land boundary: 238 km with North Korea

      Coastline: 2,413 km

      Maritime claims:
      Continental shelf: not specific
      Territorial sea: 12 nm (3 nm in the Korea Strait)

      Disputes: Demarcation Line with North Korea; Liancourt Rocks claimed by Japan

      Climate: temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter

      Terrain: mostly hills and mountains; wide coastal plains in west and south

      Natural resources: coal, tungsten, graphite, molybdenum, lead, hydropower

      Land use: arable land 21%; permanent crops 1%; meadows and pastures 1%; forest and woodland 67%; other 10%; includes irrigated 12%

      Environment: occasional typhoons bring high winds and floods; earthquakes in southwest; air pollution in large cities

      Notes: strategic location along the Korea Strait, Sea of Japan, and Yellow Sea

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

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