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    Lesotho Geography - 1991

      Total area: 30,350 km2
      land area: 30,350 km2

      Comparative area: slightly larger than Maryland

      Land boundary: 909 km with South Africa

      Coastline: none--landlocked

      Maritime claims: none--landlocked

      Climate: temperate; cool to cold, dry winters; hot, wet summers

      Terrain: mostly highland with some plateaus, hills, and mountains

      Natural resources: some diamonds and other minerals, water, agricultural and grazing land

      Land use: arable land 10%; permanent crops 0%; meadows and pastures 66%; forest and woodland 0%; other 24%

      Environment: population pressure forcing settlement in marginal areas results in overgrazing, severe soil erosion, soil exhaustion; desertification

      Note: landlocked; surrounded by South Africa; Highlands Water Project will control, store, and redirect water to South Africa

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

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