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    New Zealand Geography - 1991

      Total area: 268,680 km2
      land area: 268,670 km2
      includes Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands, Bounty Islands, Campbell Island, Chatham Islands, and Kermadec Islands

      Comparative area: about the size of Colorado

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 15,134 km

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

      Disputes: territorial claim in Antarctica (Ross Dependency)

      Climate: temperate with sharp regional contrasts

      Terrain: predominately mountainous with some large coastal plains

      Natural resources: natural gas, iron ore, sand, coal, timber, hydropower, gold, limestone

      Land use: arable land 2%; permanent crops 0%; meadows and pastures 53%; forest and woodland 38%; other 7%; includes irrigated 1%

      Environment: earthquakes are common, though usually not severe

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

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