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Korea, South Geography 2019

SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Korea, South Geography 2019
SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 08, 2019

Location:
Eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea

Geographic coordinates:
37 00 N, 127 30 E

Map references:
Asia

Area:
total: 99,720 sq km
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land: 96,920 sq km
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water: 2,800 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 110

Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than Pennsylvania; slightly larger than Indiana


Area comparison map:Area comparison map

slightly smaller than Pennsylvania; slightly larger than Indiana

Land boundaries:
total: 237 km
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border countries (1): North Korea 237 km

Coastline:
2,413 km
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Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm; between 3 nm and 12 nm in the Korea Strait
[see also: Maritime claims - territorial sea country ranks ]
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
[see also: Maritime claims - exclusive economic zone country ranks ]
contiguous zone: 24 nm
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continental shelf: not specified
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Climate:
temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter; cold winters
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Terrain:
mostly hills and mountains; wide coastal plains in west and south

Elevation:
mean elevation: 282 m
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elevation extremes: 0 m lowest point: Sea of Japan
1950 highest point: Halla-san

Natural resources:
coal, tungsten, graphite, molybdenum, lead, hydropower potential

Land use:
agricultural land: 18.1% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
arable land: 15.3% (2011 est.)
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permanent crops: 2.2% (2011 est.)
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permanent pasture: 0.6% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - permanent pasture country ranks ]
forest: 63.9% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 18% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
7,780 sq km (2012)
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Population distribution:
with approximately 70% of the country considered mountainous, the country's population is primarily concentrated in the lowland areas, where density is quite high; Gyeonggi Province in the northwest, which surrounds the capital of Seoul and contains the port of Incheon, is the most densely populated province; Gangwon in the northeast is the least populated

Natural hazards:
occasional typhoons bring high winds and floods; low-level seismic activity common in southwest

volcanism: Halla (1,950 m) is considered historically active although it has not erupted in many centuries

Environment - current issues:
air pollution in large cities; acid rain; water pollution from the discharge of sewage and industrial effluents; drift net fishing; solid waste disposal; transboundary pollution

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography - note:
strategic location on Korea Strait; about 3,000 mostly small and uninhabited islands lie off the western and southern coasts


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Korea, South 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 Korea, South Geography 2019 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Korea, South 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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