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    Gabon Geography 1997

      Location Western Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean at the Equator, betweenRepublic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea

      Geographic coordinates 1 00 S, 11 45 E

      Map references Africa

      total: 267,670 sq km
      land: 257,670 sq km
      water: 10,000 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly smaller than Colorado

      Land boundaries
      total: 2,551 km
      border countries: Cameroon 298 km, Republic of the Congo 1,903 km, Equatorial Guinea 350km

      Coastline 885 km

      Maritime claims
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      exclusive economic zone : 200 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate tropical; always hot, humid

      Terrain narrow coastal plain; hilly interior; savanna in east and south

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mont Iboundji 1,575 m

      Natural resources petroleum, manganese, uranium, gold, timber, iron ore

      Land use
      arable land: 1%
      permanent crops : 1%
      permanent pastures: 18%
      forests and woodland: 77%
      other: 3% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land 40 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards NA

      Environment - current issues deforestation; poaching

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Desertification, Endangered Species, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban,Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber94, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Law of the Sea

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

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