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Guyana Geography 2019

SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Guyana Geography 2019
SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 08, 2019

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
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land: 196,849 sq km
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water: 18,120 sq km
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country comparison to the world: 86

Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than Idaho

Land boundaries:
total: 2,933 km
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border countries (3): Brazil 1308 km, Suriname 836 km, Venezuela 789 km

Coastline:
459 km
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Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
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exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
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continental shelf: 200 nm or to the outer edge of the continental margin
[see also: Maritime claims - continental shelf country ranks ]

Climate:
tropical; hot, humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; two rainy seasons (May to August, November to January)
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Terrain:
mostly rolling highlands; low coastal plain; savanna in south

Elevation:
mean elevation: 207 m
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elevation extremes: 0 m lowest point: Atlantic Ocean
2775 highest point: Laberintos del Norte on Mount Roraima

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

Land use:
agricultural land: 8.4% (2011 est.)
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arable land: 2.1% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 0.1% (2011 est.)
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permanent pasture: 6.2% (2011 est.)
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forest: 77.4% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 14.2% (2011 est.)
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Irrigated land:
1,430 sq km (2012)
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Population distribution:
population is heavily concentrated in the northeast in and around Georgetown, with noteable concentrations along the Berbice River to the east; the remainder of the country is sparsely populated

Natural hazards:
flash flood 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; contains some of the largest unspoiled rainforests on the continent


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Guyana on this page is re-published from the 2019 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guyana Geography 2019 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Guyana Geography 2019 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) They assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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