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    Congo, Republic of the Geography 1997

      Location Western Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola andGabon

      Geographic coordinates 1 00 S, 15 00 E

      Map references Africa

      total: 342,000 sq km
      land: 341,500 sq km
      water: 500 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly smaller than Montana

      Land boundaries
      total: 5,504 km
      border countries: Angola 201 km, Cameroon 523 km, Central African Republic 467 km, DemocraticRepublic of the Congo 2,410 km, Gabon 1,903 km

      Coastline 169 km

      Maritime claims
      territorial sea: 200 nm

      Climate tropical; rainy season (March to June); dry season (June to October);constantly high temperatures and humidity; particularly enervating climateastride the Equator

      Terrain coastal plain, southern basin, central plateau, northern basin

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mount Berongou 903 m

      Natural resources petroleum, timber, potash, lead, zinc, uranium, copper, phosphates,natural gas

      Land use
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures : 29%
      forests and woodland: 62%
      other: 9% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land 10 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards seasonal flooding

      Environment - current issues air pollution from vehicle emissions; water pollution from the dumpingof raw sewage; tap water is not potable; deforestation

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Ozone Layer Protection,Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94
      signed, but not ratified: Desertification, Law of the Sea

      Geography - note about 70% of the population lives in Brazzaville, Pointe Noire, or alongthe railroad between them

      NOTE: The information regarding Congo, Republic of the on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Congo, Republic of the Geography 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Congo, Republic of the Geography 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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