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Liberia Geography 1996

    • Location:
      Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Cote d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone

    • Map references:

    • Area:

        total area:
        111,370 sq km

        land area:
        96,320 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly larger than Tennessee

    • Land boundaries:
      total 1,585 km, Guinea 563 km, Cote d'Ivoire 716 km, Sierra Leone 306 km

    • Coastline:
      579 km

    • Maritime claims:

        territorial sea:
        200 nm

    • International disputes:

    • Climate:
      tropical; hot, humid; dry winters with hot days and cool to cold nights; wet, cloudy summers with frequent heavy showers

    • Terrain:
      mostly flat to rolling coastal plains rising to rolling plateau and low mountains in northeast

    • Natural resources:

    • Land use:

        arable land:

        permanent crops:

        meadows and pastures:

        forest and woodland:


    • Irrigated land:
      20 sq km (1989 est.)

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        tropical rain forest subject to deforestation; soil erosion; loss of biodiversity; pollution of rivers from the dumping of iron ore tailings and of coastal waters from oil residue and raw sewage

        natural hazards:
        dust-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara (December to March)

        international agreements:
        party to - Endangered Species, Nuclear Test Ban, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94; signed, but not ratified - Biodiversity, Climate Change, Environmental Modification, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation

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