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    El Salvador Geography - 2003
    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/el_salvador/el_salvador_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Middle America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and Honduras


      Geographic coordinates: 13 50 N, 88 55 W


      Map references: Central America and the Caribbean


      Area: total: 21,040 sq km
      water: 320 sq km
      land: 20,720 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Massachusetts


      Land boundaries: total: 545 km
      border countries: Guatemala 203 km, Honduras 342 km


      Coastline: 307 km


      Maritime claims: territorial sea: 200 NM


      Climate: tropical; rainy season (May to October); dry season (November to April); tropical on coast; temperate in uplands


      Terrain: mostly mountains with narrow coastal belt and central plateau


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Cerro El Pital 2,730 m


      Natural resources: hydropower, geothermal power, petroleum, arable land


      Land use: arable land: 27.27%
      permanent crops: 12.11%
      other: 60.62% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: 360 sq km (1998 est.)


      Natural hazards: known as the Land of Volcanoes; frequent and sometimes very destructive earthquakes and volcanic activity; extremely susceptible to hurricanes


      Environment - current issues: deforestation; soil erosion; water pollution; contamination of soils from disposal of toxic wastes


      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea


      Geography - note: smallest Central American country and only one without a coastline on Caribbean Sea


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

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