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    Costa Rica Geography 1997

      Location Middle America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North PacificOcean, between Nicaragua and Panama

      Geographic coordinates 10 00 N, 84 00 W

      Map references Central America and the Caribbean

      total: 51,100 sq km
      land: 50,660 sq km
      water : 440 sq km
      note: includes Isla del Coco

      Area - comparative slightly smaller than West Virginia

      Land boundaries
      total: 639 km
      border countries: Nicaragua 309 km, Panama 330 km

      Coastline 1,290 km

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

      Climate tropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November)

      Terrain coastal plains separated by rugged mountains

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point : Cerro Chirripo 3,810 m

      Natural resources hydropower potential

      Land use
      arable land: 6%
      permanent crops : 5%
      permanent pastures: 46%
      forests and woodland: 31%
      other: 12% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land 1,200 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards occasional earthquakes, hurricanes along Atlantic coast; frequent floodingof lowlands at onset of rainy season; active volcanoes

      Environment - current issues deforestation, largely a result of the clearing of land for cattle ranching;soil erosion

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification,Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, OzoneLayer Protection, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Desertification, Marine Life Conservation

      NOTE: The information regarding Costa Rica 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 Costa Rica Geography 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Costa Rica Geography 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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