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    French Guiana Geography 1997

      Location Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, betweenBrazil and Suriname

      Geographic coordinates 4 00 N, 53 00 W

      Map references South America

      total: 91,000 sq km
      land: 89,150 sq km
      water: 1,850 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly smaller than Indiana

      Land boundaries
      total: 1,183 km
      border countries : Brazil 673 km, Suriname 510 km

      Coastline 378 km

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

      Climate tropical; hot, humid; little seasonal temperature variation

      Terrain low-lying coastal plains rising to hills and small mountains

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Bellevue de l'Inini 851 m

      Natural resources bauxite, timber, gold (widely scattered), cinnabar, kaolin, fish

      Land use
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland: 83%
      other : 17% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land 20 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards high frequency of heavy showers and severe thunderstorms; flooding

      Environment - current issues NA

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: NA
      signed, but not ratified: NA

      Geography - note mostly an unsettled wilderness

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

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