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Latvia Geography: A summary of information about Latvia Geography, from government research data as well as independent research and other sources.
Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Estonia and Lithuania
57 00 N, 25 00 E
total: 64,589 sq km land: 64,589 sq km water: 0 sq km
slightly larger than West Virginia
total: 1,150 km border countries: Belarus 141 km, Estonia 339 km, Lithuania 453 km, Russia 217 km
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation exclusive economic zone: 200 nm territorial sea: 12 nm
maritime; wet, moderate winters
lowest point: Baltic Sea 0 m highest point: Gaizinkalns 312 m
minimal; amber, peat, limestone, dolomite, hydropower, arable land
arable land: 27% permanent crops: 0% permanent pastures: 13% forests and woodland: 46% other: 14% (1993 est.)
160 sq km (1993 est.)
air and water pollution because of a lack of waste conversion equipment; Gulf of Riga and Daugava River heavily polluted; contamination of soil and groundwater with chemicals and petroleum products at military bases
party to: Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol