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    Cote d'Ivoire Geography - 2003

      Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Ghana and Liberia

      Geographic coordinates: 8 00 N, 5 00 W

      Map references: Africa

      Area: total: 322,460 sq km
      water: 4,460 sq km
      land: 318,000 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly larger than New Mexico

      Land boundaries: total: 3,110 km
      border countries: Burkina Faso 584 km, Ghana 668 km, Guinea 610 km, Liberia 716 km, Mali 532 km

      Coastline: 515 km

      Maritime claims: continental shelf: 200 NM
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM

      Climate: tropical along coast, semiarid in far north; three seasons - warm and dry (November to March), hot and dry (March to May), hot and wet (June to October)

      Terrain: mostly flat to undulating plains; mountains in northwest

      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Gulf of Guinea 0 m
      highest point: Mont Nimba 1,752 m

      Natural resources: petroleum, natural gas, diamonds, manganese, iron ore, cobalt, bauxite, copper, hydropower

      Land use: arable land: 9.28%
      permanent crops: 13.84%
      other: 76.88% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land: 730 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards: coast has heavy surf and no natural harbors; during the rainy season torrential flooding is possible

      Environment - current issues: deforestation (most of the country's forests - once the largest in West Africa - have been heavily logged); water pollution from sewage and industrial and agricultural effluents

      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note: most of the inhabitants live along the sandy coastal region; apart from the capital area, the forested interior is sparsely populated

      NOTE: The information regarding Cote d'Ivoire 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 Cote d'Ivoire Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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