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    Mauritania Geography - 1991

      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
      Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      Territorial sea: 12 nm

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

      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 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Mauritania Geography 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Mauritania Geography 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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