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


















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


Page last updated on January 13, 2011

Location:
Southern Africa, between South Africa and Zambia

Geographic coordinates:
20 00 S, 30 00 E

Map references:
Africa

Area:
total: 390,757 sq km
country comparison to the world: 60
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 386,847 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 3,910 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]

Area - comparative:
slightly larger than Montana

Land boundaries:
total: 3,066 km
[see also: Land boundaries - total country ranks ]
border countries: Botswana 813 km, Mozambique 1,231 km, South Africa 225 km, Zambia 797 km

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

Maritime claims:
none (landlocked)

Climate:
tropical; moderated by altitude; rainy season (November to March)

Terrain:
mostly high plateau with higher central plateau (high veld); mountains in east

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: junction of the Runde and Save Rivers 162 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - lowest point country ranks ]
highest point: Inyangani 2,592 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - highest point country ranks ]

Natural resources:
coal, chromium ore, asbestos, gold, nickel, copper, iron ore, vanadium, lithium, tin, platinum group metals

Land use:
arable land: 8.24%
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 0.33%
[see also: Land use - permanent crops country ranks ]
other: 91.43% (2005)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
1,740 sq km (2003)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Total renewable water resources:
20 cu km (1987)
[see also: Total renewable water resources country ranks ]

Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
total: 4.21 cu km/yr (14%/7%/79%)
[see also: Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural) - total country ranks ]
per capita: 324 cu m/yr (2002)
[see also: Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural) - per capita country ranks ]

Natural hazards:
recurring droughts; floods and severe storms are rare

Environment - current issues:
deforestation; soil erosion; land degradation; air and water pollution; the black rhinoceros herd - once the largest concentration of the species in the world - has been significantly reduced by poaching; poor mining practices have led to toxic waste and heavy metal pollution

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

Geography - note:
landlocked; the Zambezi forms a natural riverine boundary with Zambia; in full flood (February-April) the massive Victoria Falls on the river forms the world's largest curtain of falling water


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






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