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    Cameroon Geography - 2003
    https://theodora.com/wfb2003/cameroon/cameroon_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Biafra, between Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria


      Geographic coordinates: 6 00 N, 12 00 E


      Map references: Africa


      Area: total: 475,440 sq km
      water: 6,000 sq km
      land: 469,440 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly larger than California


      Land boundaries: total: 4,591 km
      border countries: Central African Republic 797 km, Chad 1,094 km, Republic of the Congo 523 km, Equatorial Guinea 189 km, Gabon 298 km, Nigeria 1,690 km


      Coastline: 402 km


      Maritime claims: territorial sea: 50 NM


      Climate: varies with terrain, from tropical along coast to semiarid and hot in north


      Terrain: diverse, with coastal plain in southwest, dissected plateau in center, mountains in west, plains in north


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Fako (on Cameroon Mountain) 4,095 m


      Natural resources: petroleum, bauxite, iron ore, timber, hydropower


      Land use: arable land: 12.81%
      permanent crops: 2.58%
      other: 84.61% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: 330 sq km (1998 est.)


      Natural hazards: volcanic activity with periodic releases of poisonous gases from Lake Nyos and Lake Monoun volcanoes


      Environment - current issues: water-borne diseases are prevalent; deforestation; overgrazing; desertification; poaching; overfishing


      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94
      signed, but not ratified: Nuclear Test Ban


      Geography - note: sometimes referred to as the hinge of Africa; throughout the country there are areas of thermal springs and indications of current or prior volcanic activity; Mount Cameroon, the highest mountain in Sub-Saharan west Africa, is an active volcano


      NOTE: The information regarding Cameroon 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 Cameroon Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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