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    Lithuania Geography 2000

      Location: Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Latvia and Russia

      Geographic coordinates: 56 00 N, 24 00 E

      Map references: Europe

      total: 65,200 sq km
      land: 65,200 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly larger than West Virginia

      Land boundaries:
      total: 1,273 km
      border countries: Belarus 502 km, Latvia 453 km, Poland 91 km, Russia (Kaliningrad) 227 km

      Coastline: 99 km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: transitional, between maritime and continental; wet, moderate winters and summers

      Terrain: lowland, many scattered small lakes, fertile soil

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Baltic Sea 0 m
      highest point: Juozapines/Kalnas 292 m

      Natural resources: peat, arable land

      Land use:
      arable land: 35%
      permanent crops: 12%
      permanent pastures: 7%
      forests and woodland: 31%
      other: 15% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: 430 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards: NA

      Environment - current issues: contamination of soil and groundwater with petroleum products and chemicals at military bases

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

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