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    Zimbabwe Geography 2000

      Location: Southern Africa, between South Africa and Zambia

      Geographic coordinates: 20 00 S, 30 00 E

      Map references: Africa

      total: 390,580 sq km
      land: 386,670 sq km
      water: 3,910 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly larger than Montana

      Land boundaries:
      total: 3,066 km
      border countries: Botswana 813 km, Mozambique 1,231 km, South Africa 225 km, Zambia 797 km

      Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

      Maritime claims: none (landlocked)

      Climate: tropical; moderated by altitude; rainy season (November to March)

      Terrain: mostly high plateau with higher central plateau (high veld); mountains in east

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: junction of the Runde and Save rivers 162 m
      highest point: Inyangani 2,592 m

      Natural resources: coal, chromium ore, asbestos, gold, nickel, copper, iron ore, vanadium, lithium, tin, platinum group metals

      Land use:
      arable land: 7%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 13%
      forests and woodland: 23%
      other: 57% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: 1,930 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards: recurring droughts; floods and severe storms are rare

      Environment - current issues: deforestation; soil erosion; land degradation; air and water pollution; the black rhinoceros herd - once the largest concentration of the species in the world - has been significantly reduced by poaching

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note: landlocked

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