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    Ghana Geography 2001

      Location: Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Cote d'Ivoire and Togo

      Geographic coordinates: 8 00 N, 2 00 W

      Map references: Africa

      total: 238,540 sq km
      land: 230,020 sq km
      water: 8,520 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Oregon

      Land boundaries:
      total: 2,093 km
      border countries: Burkina Faso 548 km, Cote d'Ivoire 668 km, Togo 877 km

      Coastline: 539 km

      Maritime claims:
      contiguous zone: 24 NM
      continental shelf: 200 NM
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM

      Climate: tropical; warm and comparatively dry along southeast coast; hot and humid in southwest; hot and dry in north

      Terrain: mostly low plains with dissected plateau in south-central area

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mount Afadjato 880 m

      Natural resources: gold, timber, industrial diamonds, bauxite, manganese, fish, rubber, hydropower

      Land use:
      arable land: 12%
      permanent crops: 7%
      permanent pastures: 22%
      forests and woodland: 35%
      other: 24% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: 60 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards: dry, dusty, harmattan winds occur from January to March; droughts

      Environment - current issues: recent drought in north severely affecting agricultural activities; deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; poaching and habitat destruction threatens wildlife populations; water pollution; inadequate supplies of potable water

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Marine Life Conservation

      Geography - note: Lake Volta is the world's largest artificial lake; northeasterly harmattan wind (January to March)

      NOTE: The information regarding Ghana on this page is re-published from the 2001 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Ghana Geography 2001 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Ghana Geography 2001 should be addressed to the CIA.

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