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Indonesia

GEOGRAPHY
Location:
  Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean
Geographic Coordinates:
  5 00 S, 120 00 E
Map References:
  Southeast Asia
Area:
  total: 1,919,440 sq km
land: 1,826,440 sq km
water: 93,000 sq km
Area - Comparative:
  slightly less than three times the size of Texas
Land Boundaries:
  total: 2,602 km
border countries: Malaysia 1,782 km, Papua New Guinea 820 km
Coastline:
  54,716 km
Maritime Claims:
  measured from claimed archipelagic baselines exclusive economic zone: 200 nm territorial sea: 12 nm
Climate:
  tropical; hot, humid; more moderate in highlands
Terrain:
  mostly coastal lowlands; larger islands have interior mountains
Land Use:
  arable land: 10%
permanent crops: 7%
permanent pastures: 7%
forests and woodland: 62%
other: 14% (1993 est.)
Irrigated Land :
  45,970 sq km (1993 est.)
Natural Hazards:
  occasional floods, severe droughts, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes
Environment - Current Issues:
  deforestation; water pollution from industrial wastes, sewage; air pollution in urban areas; smoke and haze from forest fires
Environment - International Agreements:
  party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertication, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands signed, but not ratified: Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Marine Life Conservation


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