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Belarus Geography 2015

SOURCE: 2015 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Belarus Geography 2015
SOURCE: 2015 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on June 23, 2014

Location:
Eastern Europe, east of Poland

Geographic coordinates:
53 00 N, 28 00 E

Map references:
Europe

Area:
total: 207,600 sq km
country comparison to the world: 86
land: 202,900 sq km
water: 4,700 sq km

Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than Kansas

Land boundaries:
total: 3,599 km
border countries: Latvia 161 km, Lithuania 640 km, Poland 375 km, Russia 1,312 km, Ukraine 1,111 km
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Coastline:
0 km (landlocked)
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Maritime claims: none (landlocked)

Climate:
cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime
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Terrain:
generally flat and contains much marshland

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Nyoman River 90 m
highest point: Dzyarzhynskaya Hara 346 m

Natural resources:
timber, peat deposits, small quantities of oil and natural gas, granite, dolomitic limestone, marl, chalk, sand, gravel, clay

Land use:
arable land: 26.63%
permanent crops: 0.59%
other: 72.78% (2011)

Irrigated land:
1,150 sq km (2003)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Total renewable water resources:
58 cu km (2011)
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Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
total: 4.34 cu km/yr (32%/65%/3%)
per capita: 435.4 cu m/yr (2009)

Natural hazards:
NA

Environment - current issues:
soil pollution from pesticide use; southern part of the country contaminated with fallout from 1986 nuclear reactor accident at Chornobyl' in northern Ukraine

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulfur 85, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography - note:
landlocked; glacial scouring accounts for the flatness of Belarusian terrain and for its 11,000 lakes


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Belarus on this page is re-published from the 2015 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Belarus Geography 2015 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Belarus Geography 2015 should be addressed to the CIA.
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  a) They assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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