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Burkina Faso Geography 2018

SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Burkina Faso Geography 2018
SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 28, 2018

Location:
Western Africa, north of Ghana

Geographic coordinates:
13 00 N, 2 00 W

Map references:
Africa

Area:
total: 274,200 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 273,800 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 400 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 76

Area - comparative:
slightly larger than Colorado

Land boundaries:
total: 3,611 km
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border countries (6): Benin 386 km, Cote d'Ivoire 545 km, Ghana 602 km, Mali 1,325 km, Niger 622 km, Togo 131 km

Coastline:
0 km (landlocked)
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Maritime claims:
none (landlocked)

Climate:
tropical; warm, dry winters; hot, wet summers

Terrain:
mostly flat to dissected, undulating plains; hills in west and southeast

Elevation:
mean elevation: 297 m
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elevation extremes: lowest point: Mouhoun (Black Volta) River 200 m highest point: Tena Kourou 749 m

Natural resources:
manganese, limestone, marble; small deposits of gold, phosphates, pumice, salt

Land use:
agricultural land: 43% arable land 20.8%; permanent crops 0.3%; permanent pasture 21.9%
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forest: 20.4%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 36.6% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
550 sq km (2012)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Population - distribution:
the population is concentrated in the central and southern parts of the country; the east, north, and southwest are less populated

Natural hazards:
recurring droughts

Environment - current issues:
recent droughts and desertification severely affecting agricultural activities, population distribution, and the economy; overgrazing; soil degradation; deforestation

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

Geography - note:
landlocked savanna cut by the three principal rivers of the Black, Red, and White Voltas


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Burkina Faso on this page is re-published from the 2018 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Burkina Faso Geography 2018 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Burkina Faso Geography 2018 should be addressed to the CIA.
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