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    Mauritania Geography - 1990

      Total area: 1,030,700 km2
      land area: 1,030,400 km2

      Comparative area: slightly larger than three times the size of New Mexico

      Land boundaries: 5,074 km total; Algeria 463 km, Mali 2,237 km, Senegal 813 km, Western Sahara 1,561 km

      Coastline: 754 km

      Maritime claims:

      Continental shelf: edge of continental margin or 200 nm;

      Extended economic zone: 200 nm;

      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: armed conflict in Western Sahara; boundary with Senegal

      Climate: desert; constantly hot, dry, dusty

      Terrain: mostly barren, flat plains of the Sahara; some central hills

      Natural resources: iron ore, gypsum, fish, copper, phosphate

      Land use: 1% arable land; NEGL% permanent crops; 38% meadows and pastures; 5% forest and woodland; 56% other; includes NEGL% irrigated

      Environment: hot, dry, dust/sand-laden sirocco wind blows primarily in March and April; desertification; only perennial river is the Senegal

      NOTE: The information regarding Mauritania on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Mauritania Geography 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Mauritania Geography 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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