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    Francia Geograf�a 2000

      Ubicaci�n: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain

      Cordenadas Geogr�ficas: 46 00 N, 2 00 E

      Referencias en el mapa: Europe

      total: 547,030 sq km
      land: 545,630 sq km
      water: 1,400 sq km
      note: includes only metropolitan France, but excludes the overseas administrative divisions

      Area - comparativo: slightly less than twice the size of Colorado

      total: 2,889 km
      border countries: Andorra 56.6 km, Belgium 620 km, Germany 451 km, Italy 488 km, Luxembourg 73 km, Monaco 4.4 km, Spain 623 km, Switzerland 573 km

      Costa: 3,427 km

      Demandas Mar�timas:
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm (does not apply to the Mediterranean)
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Clima: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean

      Terreno: mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east

      Extremos de Elevaci�n:
      lowest point: Rhone River delta -2 m
      highest point: Mont Blanc 4,807 m

      Recursos Naturales: coal, iron ore, bauxite, fish, timber, zinc, potash

      Uso de Tierras:
      arable land: 33%
      permanent crops: 2%
      permanent pastures: 20%
      forests and woodland: 27%
      other: 18% (1993 est.)

      Tierras Irrigadas: 16,300 sq km (1995 est.)

      Peligros Naturales: flooding; avalanches

      Ambiente - asuntos actuales: some forest damage from acid rain (major forest damage occurred as a result of severe December 1999 windstorm); air pollution from industrial and vehicle emissions; water pollution from urban wastes, agricultural runoff

      Ambiente - acuerdos internacionales:
      party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur 85, Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling
      signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

      Nota - geograf�a: largest West European nation; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral

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