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Laos    Geography Top of Page
Location: Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam
Geographic coordinates: 18 00 N, 105 00 E
Map references: Southeast Asia
Area: total:  236,800 sq km

land:  230,800 sq km

water:  6,000 sq km
Area - comparative: slightly larger than Utah
Land boundaries: total:  5,083 km

border countries:  Burma 235 km, Cambodia 541 km, China 423 km, Thailand 1,754 km, Vietnam 2,130 km
Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)
Maritime claims: none (landlocked)
Climate: tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November); dry season (December to April)
Terrain: mostly rugged mountains; some plains and plateaus
Elevation extremes: lowest point:  Mekong River 70 m

highest point:  Phou Bia 2,817 m
Natural resources: timber, hydropower, gypsum, tin, gold, gemstones
Land use: arable land:  3%

permanent crops:  0%

permanent pastures:  3%

forests and woodland:  54%

other:  40% (1993 est.)
Irrigated land: 1,250 sq km (1993 est.)

note:  rainy season irrigation - 2,169 sq km; dry season irrigation - 750 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards: floods, droughts, and blight
Environment - current issues: unexploded ordnance; deforestation; soil erosion; a majority of the population does not have access to potable water
Environment - international agreements: party to:  Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Environmental Modification, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection

signed, but not ratified:  none of the selected agreements
Geography - note: landlocked

 

Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook








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