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Geography of Guyana

source: CIA World Fact Book 1997

Location: Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Suriname and Venezuela

Geographic coordinates: 5 00 N, 59 00 W

Map references: South America


Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Idaho

Land boundaries:

Coastline: 459 km

Maritime claims:

Climate: tropical; hot, humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; two rainy seasons (May to mid-August, mid-November to mid-January)

Terrain: mostly rolling highlands; low coastal plain; savanna in south

Elevation extremes:

Natural resources: bauxite, gold, diamonds, hardwood timber, shrimp, fish

Land use:

Irrigated land: 1,300 sq km (1993 est.)

Natural hazards: flash floods are a constant threat during rainy seasons

Environment - current issues: water pollution from sewage and agricultural and industrial chemicals; deforestation

Environment - international agreements:
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