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    Suriname Geography - 2003
    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/suriname/suriname_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between French Guiana and Guyana


      Geographic coordinates: 4 00 N, 56 00 W


      Map references: South America


      Area: total: 163,270 sq km
      land: 161,470 sq km
      water: 1,800 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly larger than Georgia


      Land boundaries: total: 1,707 km
      border countries: Brazil 597 km, French Guiana 510 km, Guyana 600 km


      Coastline: 386 km


      Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM


      Climate: tropical; moderated by trade winds


      Terrain: mostly rolling hills; narrow coastal plain with swamps


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: unnamed location in the coastal plain -2 m
      highest point: Juliana Top 1,230 m


      Natural resources: timber, hydropower, fish, kaolin, shrimp, bauxite, gold, and small amounts of nickel, copper, platinum, iron ore


      Land use: arable land: 0.37%
      permanent crops: 0.06%
      note: there are 95,000 hectares of arable land, 7,000 hectares of permanent crops, and 15,000 hectares of permanent pastures (1998 est.)
      other: 99.57%


      Irrigated land: 490 sq km (1998 est.)


      Natural hazards: NA


      Environment - current issues: deforestation as timber is cut for export; pollution of inland waterways by small-scale mining activities


      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements


      Geography - note: smallest independent country on South American continent; mostly tropical rain forest; great diversity of flora and fauna that, for the most part, is increasingly threatened by new development; relatively small population, mostly along the coast


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

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