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    Guinea Geography 1997

      Location Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissauand Sierra Leone

      Geographic coordinates 11 00 N, 10 00 W

      Map references Africa

      total: 245,860 sq km
      land : 245,860 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly smaller than Oregon

      Land boundaries
      total: 3,399 km
      border countries: Guinea-Bissau 386 km, Cote d'Ivoire 610 km, Liberia 563 km, Mali 858km, Senegal 330 km, Sierra Leone 652 km

      Coastline 320 km

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

      Climate generally hot and humid; monsoonal-type rainy season (June to November)with southwesterly winds; dry season (December to May) with northeasterlyharmattan winds

      Terrain generally flat coastal plain, hilly to mountainous interior

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point : Mont Nimba 1,752 m

      Natural resources bauxite, iron ore, diamonds, gold, uranium, hydropower, fish

      Land use
      arable land : 2%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 22%
      forests and woodland: 59%
      other: 17% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land 930 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards hot, dry, dusty harmattan haze may reduce visibility during dry season

      Environment - current issues deforestation; inadequate supplies of potable water; desertification;soil contamination and erosion; overfishing, overpopulation in forest region

      Environment - international agreements
      party to : Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes,Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Desertification

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

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