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Guyana Geography 2011
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SOURCE: 2011 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


















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Page last updated on January 13, 2011

Location:
Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Suriname and Venezuela

Geographic coordinates:
5 00 N, 59 00 W

Map references:
South America

Area:
total: 214,969 sq km
country comparison to the world: 84
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 196,849 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 18,120 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]

Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than Idaho

Land boundaries:
total: 2,949 km
[see also: Land boundaries - total country ranks ]
border countries: Brazil 1,606 km, Suriname 600 km, Venezuela 743 km

Coastline:
459 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the outer edge of the continental margin

Climate:
tropical; hot, humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; two rainy seasons (May to August, November to January)
More Climate Details

Terrain:
mostly rolling highlands; low coastal plain; savanna in south

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - lowest point country ranks ]
highest point: Mount Roraima 2,835 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - highest point country ranks ]

Natural resources:
bauxite, gold, diamonds, hardwood timber, shrimp, fish

Land use:
arable land: 2.23%
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 0.14%
[see also: Land use - permanent crops country ranks ]
other: 97.63% (2005)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
1,500 sq km (2003)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Total renewable water resources:
241 cu km (2000)
[see also: Total renewable water resources country ranks ]

Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
total: 1.64 cu km/yr (2%/1%/98%)
[see also: Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural) - total country ranks ]
per capita: 2,187 cu m/yr (2000)
[see also: Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural) - per capita country ranks ]

Natural hazards:
flash floods are a constant threat during rainy seasons

Environment - current issues:
water pollution from sewage and agricultural and industrial chemicals; deforestation

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

Geography - note:
the third-smallest country in South America after Suriname and Uruguay; substantial portions of its western and eastern territories are claimed by Venezuela and Suriname respectively


NOTE: The information regarding Guyana on this page is re-published from the 2011 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guyana Geography 2011 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Guyana Geography 2011 should be addressed to the CIA.



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