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    Latvia Geography 1998
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb1998/latvia/latvia_geography.html
    SOURCE: 1998 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Estonia and Lithuania

      Geographic coordinates 57 00 N, 25 00 E

      Map references Europe

      Area
      total: 64,100 sq km
      land: 64,100 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly larger than West Virginia

      Land boundaries
      total: 1,150 km
      border countries: Belarus 141 km, Estonia 339 km, Lithuania 453 km, Russia 217 km

      Coastline 531 km

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

      Climate maritime; wet, moderate winters

      Terrain low plain

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Baltic Sea 0 m
      highest point: Gaizinkalns 312 m

      Natural resources minimal; amber, peat, limestone, dolomite

      Land use
      arable land: 27%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 13%
      forests and woodland: 46%
      other: 14% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land 160 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards NA

      Environment - current issues air and water pollution because of a lack of waste conversion equipment; Gulf of Riga and Daugava River heavily polluted; contamination of soil and groundwater with chemicals and petroleum products at military bases

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      NOTE: The information regarding Latvia on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Latvia Geography 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Latvia Geography 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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