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Bhutan Geography 2014

SOURCE: 2014 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Bhutan Geography 2014
SOURCE: 2014 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on January 31, 2014

Location:
Southern Asia, between China and India

Geographic coordinates:
27 30 N, 90 30 E

Map references:
Asia

Area:
total: 38,394 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 137
land: 38,394 sq km
water: 0 sq km

Area - comparative:
about one-half the size of Indiana

Land boundaries:
total: 1,075 km
border countries: China 470 km, India 605 km
[see also: Land boundaries country ranks ]

Coastline:
0 km (landlocked)
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Maritime claims:
none (landlocked)

Climate:
varies; tropical in southern plains; cool winters and hot summers in central valleys; severe winters and cool summers in Himalayas
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Terrain:
mostly mountainous with some fertile valleys and savanna

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Drangeme Chhu 97 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - lowest point country ranks ]
highest point: Gangkar Puensum 7,570 m

Natural resources:
timber, hydropower, gypsum, calcium carbonate

Land use:
arable land: 2.49%
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permanent crops: 0.46%
other: 97.06% (2011)

Irrigated land:
319.1 sq km (2010)
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Total renewable water resources:
78 cu km (2011)
[see also: Total renewable water resources country ranks ]

Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
total: 0.34 cu km/yr (5%/1%/94%)
[see also: Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural) - total country ranks ]
per capita: 458 cu m/yr (2008)

Natural hazards:
violent storms from the Himalayas are the source of the country's name, which translates as Land of the Thunder Dragon; frequent landslides during the rainy season

Environment - current issues:
soil erosion; limited access to potable water

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection
signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea

Geography - note:
landlocked; strategic location between China and India; controls several key Himalayan mountain passes


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Bhutan on this page is re-published from the 2014 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Bhutan Geography 2014 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Bhutan Geography 2014 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) They assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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