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    Liberia Geography - 2003

      Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Cote d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone

      Geographic coordinates: 6 30 N, 9 30 W

      Map references: Africa

      Area: total: 111,370 sq km
      water: 15,050 sq km
      land: 96,320 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly larger than Tennessee

      Land boundaries: total: 1,585 km
      border countries: Guinea 563 km, Cote d'Ivoire 716 km, Sierra Leone 306 km

      Coastline: 579 km

      Maritime claims: territorial sea: 200 NM

      Climate: tropical; hot, humid; dry winters with hot days and cool to cold nights; wet, cloudy summers with frequent heavy showers

      Terrain: mostly flat to rolling coastal plains rising to rolling plateau and low mountains in northeast

      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mount Wuteve 1,380 m

      Natural resources: iron ore, timber, diamonds, gold, hydropower

      Land use: arable land: 1.97%
      permanent crops: 2.08%
      other: 95.95% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land: 30 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards: dust-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara (December to March)

      Environment - current issues: tropical rain forest deforestation; soil erosion; loss of biodiversity; pollution of coastal waters from oil residue and raw sewage

      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Desertification, Endangered Species, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94
      signed, but not ratified: Climate Change, Environmental Modification, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation

      Geography - note: facing the Atlantic Ocean, the coastline is characterized by lagoons, mangrove swamps, and river-deposited sandbars; the inland grassy plateau supports limited agriculture

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

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