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    Mexico Geography - 2003
    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/mexico/mexico_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Middle America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, between Belize and the US and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and the US


      Geographic coordinates: 23 00 N, 102 00 W


      Map references: North America


      Area: total: 1,972,550 sq km
      land: 1,923,040 sq km
      water: 49,510 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly less than three times the size of Texas


      Land boundaries: total: 4,353 km
      border countries: Belize 250 km, Guatemala 962 km, US 3,141 km


      Coastline: 9,330 km


      Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      continental shelf: 200 NM or to the edge of the continental margin


      Climate: varies from tropical to desert


      Terrain: high, rugged mountains; low coastal plains; high plateaus; desert


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Laguna Salada -10 m
      highest point: Volcan Pico de Orizaba 5,700 m


      Natural resources: petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber


      Land use: arable land: 13.2%
      permanent crops: 1.1%
      other: 85.7% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: 65,000 sq km (1998 est.)


      Natural hazards: tsunamis along the Pacific coast, volcanoes and destructive earthquakes in the center and south, and hurricanes on the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean coasts


      Environment - current issues: scarcity of hazardous waste disposal facilities; rural to urban migration; natural fresh water resources scarce and polluted in north, inaccessible and poor quality in center and extreme southeast; raw sewage and industrial effluents polluting rivers in urban areas; deforestation; widespread erosion; desertification; deteriorating agricultural lands; serious air and water pollution in the national capital and urban centers along US-Mexico border; land subsidence in Valley of Mexico caused by groundwater depletion
      note: the government considers the lack of clean water and deforestation national security issues


      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, 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: strategic location on southern border of US; corn (maize), one of the world's major grain crops, is thought to have originated in Mexico


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

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