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    Mali Geography - 1991

      Total area: 1,240,000 km2
      land area: 1,220,000 km2

      Comparative area: slightly less than twice the size of Texas

      Land boundaries: 7,243 km total; Algeria 1,376 km, Burkina 1,000 km, Guinea 858 km, Ivory Coast 532 km, Mauritania 2,237 km, Niger 821 km, Senegal 419 km

      Coastline: none--landlocked

      Maritime claims: none--landlocked

      Disputes: the disputed international boundary between Burkina and Mali was submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in October 1983 and the ICJ issued its final ruling in December 1986, which both sides agreed to accept; Burkina and Mali are proceeding with boundary demarcation, including the tripoint with Niger

      Climate: subtropical to arid; hot and dry February to June; rainy, humid, and mild June to November; cool and dry November to February

      Terrain: mostly flat to rolling northern plains covered by sand; savanna in south, rugged hills in northeast

      Natural resources: gold, phosphates, kaolin, salt, limestone, uranium; bauxite, iron ore, manganese, tin, and copper deposits are known but not exploited

      Land use: arable land 2%; permanent crops NEGL%; meadows and pastures 25%; forest and woodland 7%; other 66%; includes irrigated NEGL%

      Environment: hot, dust-laden harmattan haze common during dry seasons; desertification

      Note: landlocked

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

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