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Belarus Geography 2017
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SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Belarus Geography 2017
SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on January 12, 2017

Location:
Eastern Europe, east of Poland

Geographic coordinates:
53 00 N, 28 00 E

Map references:
Europe

Area:
total: 207,600 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 202,900 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 4,700 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 86

Area - comparative:
slightly less than twice the size of Kentucky; slightly smaller than Kansas
Area comparison map: slightly less than twice the size of Kentucky; slightly smaller than Kansas

Land boundaries:
total: 3,642 km
border countries (5): Latvia 161 km, Lithuania 640 km, Poland 418 km, Russia 1,312 km, Ukraine 1,111 km
[see also: Land boundaries country ranks ]

Coastline:
0 km (landlocked)
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
none (landlocked)

Climate:
cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime

Terrain:
generally flat with much marshland

Elevation:
mean elevation: 160 m
[see also: Mean Elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes: lowest point: Nyoman River 90 m highest point: Dzyarzhynskaya Hara 346 m

Natural resources:
timber, peat deposits, small quantities of oil and natural gas, granite, dolomitic limestone, marl, chalk, sand, gravel, clay

Land use:
agricultural land: 43.7% arable land 27.2%; permanent crops 0.6%; permanent pasture 15.9%
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
forest: 42.7%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 13.6% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
1,140 sq km (2012)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Population - distribution:
a fairly even distribution throughout most of the country, with urban areas attracting larger and denser populations

Natural hazards:
NA

Environment - current issues:
soil pollution from pesticide use; southern part of the country contaminated with fallout from 1986 nuclear reactor accident at Chornobyl' in northern Ukraine

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulfur 85, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography - note:
landlocked; glacial scouring accounts for the flatness of Belarusian terrain and for its 11,000 lakes


NOTE: The information regarding Belarus on this page is re-published from the 2017 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Belarus Geography 2017 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Belarus Geography 2017 should be addressed to the CIA.




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