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    Belarus Geography 2000

      Location: Eastern Europe, east of Poland

      Geographic coordinates: 53 00 N, 28 00 E

      Map references: Commonwealth of Independent States

      total: 207,600 sq km
      land: 207,600 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Kansas

      Land boundaries:
      total: 3,098 km
      border countries: Latvia 141 km, Lithuania 502 km, Poland 605 km, Russia 959 km, Ukraine 891 km

      Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

      Maritime claims: none (landlocked)

      Climate: cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime

      Terrain: generally flat and contains much marshland

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Nyoman River 90 m
      highest point: Dzyarzhynskaya Hara 346 m

      Natural resources: forests, peat deposits, small quantities of oil and natural gas

      Land use:
      arable land: 29%
      permanent crops: 1%
      permanent pastures: 15%
      forests and woodland: 34%
      other: 21% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: 1,000 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards: NA

      Environment - current issues: soil pollution from pesticide use; southern part of the country contaminated with fallout from 1986 nuclear reactor accident at Chornobyl' in northern Ukraine

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur 85, Biodiversity, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Climate Change, Law of the Sea

      Geography - note: landlocked

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