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    Angola Geography - 2003
    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/angola/angola_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Namibia and Democratic Republic of the Congo


      Geographic coordinates: 12 30 S, 18 30 E


      Map references: Africa


      Area: total: 1,246,700 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 1,246,700 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly less than twice the size of Texas


      Land boundaries: total: 5,198 km
      border countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo 2,511 km (of which 225 km is the boundary of discontiguous Cabinda Province), Republic of the Congo 201 km, Namibia 1,376 km, Zambia 1,110 km


      Coastline: 1,600 km


      Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM


      Climate: semiarid in south and along coast to Luanda; north has cool, dry season (May to October) and hot, rainy season (November to April)


      Terrain: narrow coastal plain rises abruptly to vast interior plateau


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Morro de Moco 2,620 m


      Natural resources: petroleum, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, copper, feldspar, gold, bauxite, uranium


      Land use: arable land: 2.41%
      permanent crops: 0.4%
      other: 97.19% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: 750 sq km (1998 est.)


      Natural hazards: locally heavy rainfall causes periodic flooding on the plateau


      Environment - current issues: overuse of pastures and subsequent soil erosion attributable to population pressures; desertification; deforestation of tropical rain forest, in response to both international demand for tropical timber and to domestic use as fuel, resulting in loss of biodiversity; soil erosion contributing to water pollution and siltation of rivers and dams; inadequate supplies of potable water


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


      Geography - note: the province of Cabinda is an exclave, separated from the rest of the country by the Democratic Republic of the Congo


      NOTE: The information regarding Angola on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Angola Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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