Support our Sponsor

. . Flags of the World Maps of All Countries

  • |Main INDEX|
  • 2003 INDEX
  • Country Ranks
  • DEFINITIONS


    . Feedback
  • geographic.org Home PageCountry Index

    Laos Geography - 2003
    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/laos/laos_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam


      Geographic coordinates: 18 00 N, 105 00 E


      Map references: Southeast Asia


      Area: total: 236,800 sq km
      water: 6,000 sq km
      land: 230,800 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly larger than Utah


      Land boundaries: total: 5,083 km
      border countries: Burma 235 km, Cambodia 541 km, China 423 km, Thailand 1,754 km, Vietnam 2,130 km


      Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)


      Maritime claims: none (landlocked)


      Climate: tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November); dry season (December to April)


      Terrain: mostly rugged mountains; some plains and plateaus


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Mekong River 70 m
      highest point: Phou Bia 2,817 m


      Natural resources: timber, hydropower, gypsum, tin, gold, gemstones


      Land use: arable land: 3.47%
      permanent crops: 0.23%
      other: 96.3% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: 1,640 sq km
      note: rainy season irrigation - 2,169 sq km; dry season irrigation - 750 sq km (1998 est.)


      Natural hazards: floods, droughts


      Environment - current issues: unexploded ordnance; deforestation; soil erosion; a majority of the population does not have access to potable water


      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Environmental Modification, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements


      Geography - note: landlocked; most of the country is mountainous and thickly forested; the Mekong forms a large part of the western boundary with Thailand


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

    Support Our Sponsor

    Support Our Sponsor

    Please ADD this page to your FAVORITES - - - - -



    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/laos/laos_geography.html

    Revised 20-Sep-03
    Copyright © 2003 Photius Coutsoukis (all rights reserved)


    CTR030920