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    Cote d'Ivoire Geography 1997

      Location Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Ghana andLiberia

      Geographic coordinates 8 00 N, 5 00 W

      Map references Africa

      total: 322,460 sq km
      land: 318,000 sq km
      water: 4,460 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly larger than New Mexico

      Land boundaries
      total: 3,110 km
      border countries : Burkina Faso 584 km, Ghana 668 km, Guinea 610 km, Liberia 716 km, Mali532 km

      Coastline 515 km

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

      Climate tropical along coast, semiarid in far north; three seasons - warm anddry (November to March), hot and dry (March to May), hot and wet (June toOctober)

      Terrain mostly flat to undulating plains; mountains in northwest

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Gulf of Guinea 0 m
      highest point: Mont Nimba 1,752 m

      Natural resources petroleum, diamonds, manganese, iron ore, cobalt, bauxite, copper

      Land use
      arable land: 8%
      permanent crops : 4%
      permanent pastures: 41%
      forests and woodland: 22%
      other: 25% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land 680 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards coast has heavy surf and no natural harbors; during the rainy seasontorrential flooding is possible

      Environment - current issues deforestation (most of the country's forests - once the largest in WestAfrica - have been cleared by the timber industry); water pollution from sewageand industrial and agricultural effluents

      Environment - international agreements
      party to : Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes,Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection,Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Desertification

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

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