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Zambia 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:
Southern Africa, east of Angola

Geographic coordinates:
15 00 S, 30 00 E

Map references:
Africa

Area:
total: 752,618 sq km
country comparison to the world: 39
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 743,398 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 9,220 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]

Area - comparative:
slightly larger than Texas

Land boundaries:
total: 5,664 km
[see also: Land boundaries - total country ranks ]
border countries: Angola 1,110 km, Democratic Republic of the Congo 1,930 km, Malawi 837 km, Mozambique 419 km, Namibia 233 km, Tanzania 338 km, Zimbabwe 797 km

Coastline:
0 km (landlocked)
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
none (landlocked)

Climate:
tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (October to April)

Terrain:
mostly high plateau with some hills and mountains

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Zambezi river 329 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - lowest point country ranks ]
highest point: unnamed elevation in Mafinga Hills 2,301 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - highest point country ranks ]

Natural resources:
copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal, emeralds, gold, silver, uranium, hydropower

Land use:
arable land: 6.99%
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 0.04%
[see also: Land use - permanent crops country ranks ]
other: 92.97% (2005)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
1,560 sq km (2003)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Total renewable water resources:
105.2 cu km (2001)
[see also: Total renewable water resources country ranks ]

Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
total: 1.74 cu km/yr (17%/7%/76%)
[see also: Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural) - total country ranks ]
per capita: 149 cu m/yr (2000)
[see also: Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural) - per capita country ranks ]

Natural hazards:
periodic drought; tropical storms (November to April)

Environment - current issues:
air pollution and resulting acid rain in the mineral extraction and refining region; chemical runoff into watersheds; poaching seriously threatens rhinoceros, elephant, antelope, and large cat populations; deforestation; soil erosion; desertification; lack of adequate water treatment presents human health risks

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

Geography - note:
landlocked; the Zambezi forms a natural riverine boundary with Zimbabwe


NOTE: The information regarding Zambia 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 Zambia Geography 2011 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Zambia Geography 2011 should be addressed to the CIA.



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