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    Ukraine Geography 2000

      Location: Eastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Poland and Russia

      Geographic coordinates: 49 00 N, 32 00 E

      Map references: Commonwealth of Independent States

      Area:
      total: 603,700 sq km
      land: 603,700 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Texas

      Land boundaries:
      total: 4,558 km
      border countries: Belarus 891 km, Hungary 103 km, Moldova 939 km, Poland 428 km, Romania (south) 169 km, Romania (west) 362 km, Russia 1,576 km, Slovakia 90 km

      Coastline: 2,782 km

      Maritime claims:
      continental shelf: 200-m or to the depth of exploitation
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: temperate continental; Mediterranean only on the southern Crimean coast; precipitation disproportionately distributed, highest in west and north, lesser in east and southeast; winters vary from cool along the Black Sea to cold farther inland; summers are warm across the greater part of the country, hot in the south

      Terrain: most of Ukraine consists of fertile plains (steppes) and plateaus, mountains being found only in the west (the Carpathians), and in the Crimean Peninsula in the extreme south

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Black Sea 0 m
      highest point: Hora Hoverla 2,061 m

      Natural resources: iron ore, coal, manganese, natural gas, oil, salt, sulfur, graphite, titanium, magnesium, kaolin, nickel, mercury, timber, arable land

      Land use:
      arable land: 58%
      permanent crops: 2%
      permanent pastures: 13%
      forests and woodland: 18%
      other: 9% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: 26,050 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards: NA

      Environment - current issues: inadequate supplies of potable water; air and water pollution; deforestation; radiation contamination in the northeast from 1986 accident at Chornobyl' Nuclear Power Plant

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur 85, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

      Geography - note: strategic position at the crossroads between Europe and Asia; second-largest country in Europe

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