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











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


Page last updated on January 12, 2017

Location:
Southern Africa, east of Angola, south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Geographic coordinates:
15 00 S, 30 00 E

Map references:
Africa

Area:
total: 752,618 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 743,398 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 9,220 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 39

Area - comparative:
slightly larger than Texas

Land boundaries:
total: 6,043.15 km
border countries (8): Angola 1,065 km, Botswana 0.15 km, Democratic Republic of the Congo 2,332 km, Malawi 847 km, Mozambique 439 km, Namibia 244 km, Tanzania 353 km, Zimbabwe 763 km
[see also: Land boundaries country ranks ]

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

Maritime claims:
none (landlocked)

Climate:
tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (October to April)

Terrain:
mostly high plateau with some hills and mountains

Elevation:
mean elevation: 1,138 m
[see also: Mean Elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes: lowest point: Zambezi river 329 m highest point: unnamed elevation in Mafinga Hills 2,301 m

Natural resources:
copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal, emeralds, gold, silver, uranium, hydropower

Land use:
agricultural land: 31.7% arable land 4.8%; permanent crops 0%; permanent pasture 26.9%
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
forest: 66.3%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 2% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
1,560 sq km (2012)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Natural hazards:
periodic drought; tropical storms (November to April)

Environment - current issues:
air pollution and resulting acid rain in the mineral extraction and refining region; chemical runoff into watersheds; poaching seriously threatens rhinoceros, elephant, antelope, and large cat populations; deforestation; soil erosion; desertification; lack of adequate water treatment presents human health risks

Environment - international agreements:
party to: 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:
landlocked; the Zambezi forms a natural riverine boundary with Zimbabwe; Lake Kariba on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border forms the world's largest reservoir by volume (180 cu km; 43 cu mi)


NOTE: The information regarding Zambia 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 Zambia Geography 2017 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Zambia Geography 2017 should be addressed to the CIA.




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