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    Belarus Geography - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/belarus/belarus_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location Eastern Europe, east of Poland

      Geographic coordinates 53 00 N, 28 00 E

      Map references Europe

      Area
      total: 207,600 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 207,600 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly smaller than Kansas

      Land boundaries
      total: 2,900 km
      border countries: Latvia 141 km, Lithuania 502 km, Poland 407 km, Russia 959 km, Ukraine 891 km

      Coastline 0 km (landlocked)

      Maritime claims none (landlocked)

      Climate cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime

      Terrain generally flat and contains much marshland

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Nyoman River 90 m
      highest point: Dzyarzhynskaya Hara 346 m

      Natural resources forests, peat deposits, small quantities of oil and natural gas, granite, dolomitic limestone, marl, chalk, sand, gravel, clay

      Land use
      arable land: 30%
      permanent crops: 1%
      other: 69% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land 1,150 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards NA

      Environment - current issues soil pollution from pesticide use; southern part of the country contaminated with fallout from 1986 nuclear reactor accident at Chornobyl' in northern Ukraine

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur 85, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea

      Geography - note landlocked; glacial scouring accounts for the flatness of Belarusian terrain and for its 11,000 lakes; the country is geologically well endowed with extensive deposits of granite, dolomitic limestone, marl, chalk, sand, gravel, and clay

      NOTE: The information regarding Belarus 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 Belarus Geography 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Belarus Geography 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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