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    Congo, Democratic Republic of the Geography - 2003
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    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Central Africa, northeast of Angola


      Geographic coordinates: 0 00 N, 25 00 E


      Map references: Africa


      Area: total: 2,345,410 sq km
      water: 77,810 sq km
      land: 2,267,600 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly less than one-fourth the size of the US


      Land boundaries: total: 10,730 km
      border countries: Angola 2,511 km (of which 225 km is the boundary of Angola's discontiguous Cabinda Province), Burundi 233 km, Central African Republic 1,577 km, Republic of the Congo 2,410 km, Rwanda 217 km, Sudan 628 km, Tanzania 459 km, Uganda 765 km, Zambia 1,930 km


      Coastline: 37 km


      Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone: boundaries with neighbors
      territorial sea: 12 NM


      Climate: tropical; hot and humid in equatorial river basin; cooler and drier in southern highlands; cooler and wetter in eastern highlands; north of Equator - wet season April to October, dry season December to February; south of Equator - wet season November to March, dry season April to October


      Terrain: vast central basin is a low-lying plateau; mountains in east


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Pic Marguerite on Mont Ngaliema (Mount Stanley) 5,110 m


      Natural resources: cobalt, copper, cadmium, petroleum, industrial and gem diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, manganese, tin, germanium, uranium, radium, bauxite, iron ore, coal, hydropower, timber


      Land use: arable land: 2.96%
      permanent crops: 0.52%
      other: 96.52% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: 110 sq km (1998 est.)


      Natural hazards: periodic droughts in south; Congo River floods (seasonal); in the east, in the Great Rift Valley, there are active volcanoes


      Environment - current issues: poaching threatens wildlife populations; water pollution; deforestation; refugees responsible for significant deforestation, soil erosion, and wildlife poaching; mining of minerals (coltan - a mineral used in creating capacitors, diamonds, and gold) causing environmental damage


      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Environmental Modification


      Geography - note: straddles equator; has very narrow strip of land that controls the lower Congo River and is only outlet to South Atlantic Ocean; dense tropical rain forest in central river basin and eastern highlands


      NOTE: The information regarding Congo, Democratic Republic of the 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 Congo, Democratic Republic of the Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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