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    Albania Geography - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/albania/albania_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location Southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea and Ionian Sea, between Greece and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

      Geographic coordinates 41 00 N, 20 00 E

      Map references Europe

      Area
      total: 28,748 sq km
      water: 1,350 sq km
      land: 27,398 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly smaller than Maryland

      Land boundaries
      total: 720 km
      border countries: Greece 282 km, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 151 km, Yugoslavia 287 km

      Coastline 362 km

      Maritime claims
      continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
      territorial sea: 12 NM

      Climate mild temperate; cool, cloudy, wet winters; hot, clear, dry summers; interior is cooler and wetter

      Terrain mostly mountains and hills; small plains along coast

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Adriatic Sea 0 m
      highest point: Maja e Korabit (Golem Korab) 2,753 m

      Natural resources petroleum, natural gas, coal, chromium, copper, timber, nickel, hydropower

      Land use
      arable land: 21%
      permanent crops: 4%
      other: 75% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land 3,400 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards destructive earthquakes; tsunamis occur along southwestern coast; floods; drought

      Environment - current issues deforestation; soil erosion; water pollution from industrial and domestic effluents

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

      Geography - note strategic location along Strait of Otranto (links Adriatic Sea to Ionian Sea and Mediterranean Sea)

      NOTE: The information regarding Albania on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Albania Geography 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Albania Geography 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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