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    Liberia Geography 2000

      Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Cote d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone

      Geographic coordinates: 6 30 N, 9 30 W

      Map references: Africa

      Area:
      total: 111,370 sq km
      land: 96,320 sq km
      water: 15,050 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly larger than Tennessee

      Land boundaries:
      total: 1,585 km
      border countries: Guinea 563 km, Cote d'Ivoire 716 km, Sierra Leone 306 km

      Coastline: 579 km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 200 nm

      Climate: tropical; hot, humid; dry winters with hot days and cool to cold nights; wet, cloudy summers with frequent heavy showers

      Terrain: mostly flat to rolling coastal plains rising to rolling plateau and low mountains in northeast

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mount Wuteve 1,380 m

      Natural resources: iron ore, timber, diamonds, gold, hydropower

      Land use:
      arable land: 1%
      permanent crops: 3%
      permanent pastures: 59%
      forests and woodland: 18%
      other: 19% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: 20 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards: dust-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara (December to March)

      Environment - current issues: tropical rain forest subject to deforestation; soil erosion; loss of biodiversity; pollution of coastal waters from oil residue and raw sewage

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Desertification, Endangered Species, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94
      signed, but not ratified: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Environmental Modification, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation

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