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    Cyprus Geography - 2005
    http://www.allcountries.org/wfb2005/cyprus/cyprus_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2005 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location:
      Middle East, island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey

      Geographic coordinates:
      35 00 N, 33 00 E

      Map references:
      Middle East

      Area:
      total: 9,250 sq km (of which 3,355 sq km are in north Cyprus)
      land: 9,240 sq km
      water: 10 sq km

      Area - comparative:
      about 0.6 times the size of Connecticut

      Land boundaries:
      total: NA; note - boundary with Dhekelia is being resurveyed
      border countries: Akrotiri 47.4 km, Dhekelia NA

      Coastline:
      648 km

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

      Climate:
      temperate; Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and cool winters

      Terrain:
      central plain with mountains to north and south; scattered but significant plains along southern coast

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Mount Olympus 1,951 m

      Natural resources:
      copper, pyrites, asbestos, gypsum, timber, salt, marble, clay earth pigment

      Land use:
      arable land: 7.79%
      permanent crops: 4.44%
      other: 87.77% (2001)

      Irrigated land:
      382 sq km (2001 est.)

      Natural hazards:
      moderate earthquake activity; droughts

      Environment - current issues:
      water resource problems (no natural reservoir catchments, seasonal disparity in rainfall, sea water intrusion to island's largest aquifer, increased salination in the north); water pollution from sewage and industrial wastes; coastal degradation; loss of wildlife habitats from urbanization

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note:
      the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily and Sardinia)


      NOTE: The information regarding Cyprus on this page is re-published from the 2005 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Cyprus Geography 2005 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cyprus Geography 2005 should be addressed to the CIA.







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