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    Rwanda Geography 2000

      Location: Central Africa, east of Democratic Republic of the Congo

      Geographic coordinates: 2 00 S, 30 00 E

      Map references: Africa

      total: 26,338 sq km
      land: 24,948 sq km
      water: 1,390 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Maryland

      Land boundaries:
      total: 893 km
      border countries: Burundi 290 km, Democratic Republic of the Congo 217 km, Tanzania 217 km, Uganda 169 km

      Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

      Maritime claims: none (landlocked)

      Climate: temperate; two rainy seasons (February to April, November to January); mild in mountains with frost and snow possible

      Terrain: mostly grassy uplands and hills; relief is mountainous with altitude declining from west to east

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Rusizi River 950 m
      highest point: Volcan Karisimbi 4,519 m

      Natural resources: gold, cassiterite (tin ore), wolframite (tungsten ore), methane, hydropower, arable land

      Land use:
      arable land: 35%
      permanent crops: 13%
      permanent pastures: 18%
      forests and woodland: 22%
      other: 12% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: 40 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards: periodic droughts; the volcanic Birunga mountains are in the northwest along the border with Democratic Republic of the Congo

      Environment - current issues: deforestation results from uncontrolled cutting of trees for fuel; overgrazing; soil exhaustion; soil erosion; widespread poaching

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Nuclear Test Ban
      signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea

      Geography - note: landlocked; predominantly rural population

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