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    Uruguay Geography - 2003
    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/uruguay/uruguay_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Argentina and Brazil


      Geographic coordinates: 33 00 S, 56 00 W


      Map references: South America


      Area: total: 176,220 sq km
      land: 173,620 sq km
      water: 2,600 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than the state of Washington


      Land boundaries: total: 1,564 km
      border countries: Argentina 579 km, Brazil 985 km


      Coastline: 660 km


      Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM


      Climate: warm temperate; freezing temperatures almost unknown


      Terrain: mostly rolling plains and low hills; fertile coastal lowland


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Cerro Catedral 514 m


      Natural resources: arable land, hydropower, minor minerals, fisheries


      Land use: arable land: 7.21%
      permanent crops: 0.27%
      other: 92.52% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: 1,800 sq km (1998 est.)


      Natural hazards: seasonally high winds (the pampero is a chilly and occasional violent wind which blows north from the Argentine pampas), droughts, floods; because of the absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, all locations are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes from weather fronts


      Environment - current issues: water pollution from meat packing/tannery industry; inadequate solid/hazardous waste disposal


      Environment - international agreements: party to: Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Nuclear Test Ban


      Geography - note: second-smallest South American country (after Suriname); most of the low-lying landscape (three-quarters of the country) is grassland, ideal for cattle and sheep raising


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

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