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    Kenya Geography - 2003
    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/kenya/kenya_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania


      Geographic coordinates: 1 00 N, 38 00 E


      Map references: Africa


      Area: total: 582,650 sq km
      water: 13,400 sq km
      land: 569,250 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly more than twice the size of Nevada


      Land boundaries: total: 3,477 km
      border countries: Ethiopia 861 km, Somalia 682 km, Sudan 232 km, Tanzania 769 km, Uganda 933 km


      Coastline: 536 km


      Maritime claims: continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM


      Climate: varies from tropical along coast to arid in interior


      Terrain: low plains rise to central highlands bisected by Great Rift Valley; fertile plateau in west


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mount Kenya 5,199 m


      Natural resources: gold, limestone, soda ash, salt, rubies, fluorspar, garnets, wildlife, hydropower


      Land use: arable land: 7.03%
      permanent crops: 0.91%
      other: 92.06% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: 670 sq km (1998 est.)


      Natural hazards: recurring drought; flooding during rainy seasons


      Environment - current issues: water pollution from urban and industrial wastes; degradation of water quality from increased use of pesticides and fertilizers; water hyacinth infestation in Lake Victoria; deforestation; soil erosion; desertification; poaching


      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements


      Geography - note: the Kenyan Highlands comprise one of the most successful agricultural production regions in Africa; glaciers are found on Mount Kenya, Africa's second highest peak; unique physiography supports abundant and varied wildlife of scientific and economic value


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

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