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    Guinea Geography 2000

      Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone

      Geographic coordinates: 11 00 N, 10 00 W

      Map references: Africa

      total: 245,857 sq km
      land: 245,857 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Oregon

      Land boundaries:
      total: 3,399 km
      border countries: Cote d'Ivoire 610 km, Guinea-Bissau 386 km, Liberia 563 km, Mali 858 km, 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 northeasterly harmattan 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, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

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