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    Mexico Geography 1998
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb1998/mexico/mexico_geography.html
    SOURCE: 1998 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location Middle America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, between Belize and the US and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and the US

      Geographic coordinates 23 00 N, 102 00 W

      Map references North America

      Area
      total: 1,972,550 sq km
      land: 1,923,040 sq km
      water: 49,510 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly less than three times the size of Texas

      Land boundaries
      total: 4,538 km
      border countries: Belize 250 km, Guatemala 962 km, US 3,326 km

      Coastline 9,330 km

      Maritime claims
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate varies from tropical to desert

      Terrain high, rugged mountains, low coastal plains, high plateaus, and desert

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Laguna Salada -10 m
      highest point: Volcan Pico de Orizaba 5,700 m

      Natural resources petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber

      Land use
      arable land: 12%
      permanent crops: 1%
      permanent pastures: 39%
      forests and woodland: 26%
      other: 22% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land 61,000 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards tsunamis along the Pacific coast, volcanoes and destructive earthquakes in the center and south, and hurricanes on the Gulf and Caribbean coasts

      Environment - current issues natural fresh water resources scarce and polluted in north, inaccessible and poor quality in center and extreme southeast; raw sewage and industrial effluents polluting rivers in urban areas; deforestation; widespread erosion; desertification; serious air pollution in the national capital and urban centers along US-Mexico border

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note strategic location on southern border of US

      NOTE: The information regarding Mexico 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 Mexico Geography 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Mexico Geography 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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