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Namibia Geography 2017
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SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Namibia Geography 2017
SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on January 12, 2017

Location:
Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and South Africa

Geographic coordinates:
22 00 S, 17 00 E

Map references:
Africa

Area:
total: 824,292 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 823,290 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 1,002 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 34

Area - comparative:
slightly more than half the size of Alaska

Land boundaries:
total: 4,220 km
border countries (4): Angola 1,427 km, Botswana 1,544 km, South Africa 1,005 km, Zambia 244 km
[see also: Land boundaries country ranks ]

Coastline:
1,572 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm

Climate:
desert; hot, dry; rainfall sparse and erratic

Terrain:
mostly high plateau; Namib Desert along coast; Kalahari Desert in east

Elevation:
mean elevation: 1,141 m
[see also: Mean Elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes: lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m highest point: Konigstein 2,606 m

Natural resources:
diamonds, copper, uranium, gold, silver, lead, tin, lithium, cadmium, tungsten, zinc, salt, hydropower, fish
note: suspected deposits of oil, coal, and iron ore

Land use:
agricultural land: 47.2% arable land 1%; permanent crops 0%; permanent pasture 46.2%
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
forest: 8.8%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 44% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

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

Natural hazards:
prolonged periods of drought

Environment - current issues:
limited natural freshwater resources; desertification; wildlife poaching; land degradation has led to few conservation areas

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, 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:
first country in the world to incorporate the protection of the environment into its constitution; some 14% of the land is protected, including virtually the entire Namib Desert coastal strip


NOTE: The information regarding Namibia on this page is re-published from the 2017 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Namibia Geography 2017 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Namibia Geography 2017 should be addressed to the CIA.




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