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    Belarus Geography - 2003
    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/belarus/belarus_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Eastern Europe, east of Poland


      Geographic coordinates: 53 00 N, 28 00 E


      Map references: Europe


      Area: total: 207,600 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 207,600 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Kansas


      Land boundaries: total: 2,900 km
      border countries: Latvia 141 km, Lithuania 502 km, Poland 407 km, Russia 959 km, Ukraine 891 km


      Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)


      Maritime claims: none (landlocked)


      Climate: cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime


      Terrain: generally flat and contains much marshland


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


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


      Land use: arable land: 29.76%
      permanent crops: 0.69%
      other: 69.55% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: 1,150 sq km (1998 est.)


      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-Sulphur 85, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea


      Geography - note: landlocked; glacial scouring accounts for the flatness of Belarusian terrain and for its 11,000 lakes; the country is geologically well endowed with extensive deposits of granite, dolomitic limestone, marl, chalk, sand, gravel, and clay


      NOTE: The information regarding Belarus 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 Belarus Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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