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    Korea, South Geography 1998

      Location Eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea

      Geographic coordinates 37 00 N, 127 30 E

      Map references Asia

      total: 98,480 sq km
      land: 98,190 sq km
      water: 290 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly larger than Indiana

      Land boundaries
      total: 238 km
      border countries: North Korea 238 km

      Coastline 2,413 km

      Maritime claims
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      continental shelf: not specified
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm; 3 nm in the Korea Strait

      Climate temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter

      Terrain mostly hills and mountains; wide coastal plains in west and south

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Sea of Japan 0 m
      highest point: Halla-san 1,950 m

      Natural resources coal, tungsten, graphite, molybdenum, lead, hydropower

      Land use
      arable land: 19%
      permanent crops: 2%
      permanent pastures: 1%
      forests and woodland: 65%
      other: 13% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land 13,350 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards occasional typhoons bring high winds and floods; low-level seismic activity common in southwest

      Environment - current issues air pollution in large cities; water pollution from the discharge of sewage and industrial effluents; drift net fishing

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94
      signed, but not ratified: Desertification

      NOTE: The information regarding Korea, South on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Korea, South Geography 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Korea, South Geography 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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