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    Argentina Geography - 2003
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    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Chile and Uruguay


      Geographic coordinates: 34 00 S, 64 00 W


      Map references: South America


      Area: total: 2,766,890 sq km
      land: 2,736,690 sq km
      water: 30,200 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly less than three-tenths the size of the US


      Land boundaries: total: 9,665 km
      border countries: Bolivia 832 km, Brazil 1,224 km, Chile 5,150 km, Paraguay 1,880 km, Uruguay 579 km


      Coastline: 4,989 km


      Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      continental shelf: 200 NM or to the edge of the continental margin


      Climate: mostly temperate; arid in southeast; subantarctic in southwest


      Terrain: rich plains of the Pampas in northern half, flat to rolling plateau of Patagonia in south, rugged Andes along western border


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Salinas Chicas -40 m (located on Peninsula Valdes)
      highest point: Cerro Aconcagua 6,960 m


      Natural resources: fertile plains of the Pampas, lead, zinc, tin, copper, iron ore, manganese, petroleum, uranium


      Land use: arable land: 9.14%
      permanent crops: 0.8%
      other: 90.06% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: 15,610 sq km (1998 est.)


      Natural hazards: San Miguel de Tucuman and Mendoza areas in the Andes subject to earthquakes; pamperos are violent windstorms that can strike the Pampas and northeast; heavy flooding


      Environment - current issues: environmental problems (urban and rural) typical of an industrializing economy such as deforestation, soil degradation, desertification, air pollution, and water pollution
      note: Argentina is a world leader in setting voluntary greenhouse gas targets


      Environment - international agreements: party to: Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Seals, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling
      signed, but not ratified: Marine Life Conservation


      Geography - note: second-largest country in South America (after Brazil); strategic location relative to sea lanes between the South Atlantic and the South Pacific Oceans (Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel, Drake Passage); Cerro Aconcagua is South America's tallest mountain, while the Valdes Peninsula is the lowest point on the continent


      NOTE: The information regarding Argentina on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Argentina Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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