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Brazil Geography Stats

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Brazil is the largest country in South America, and the fifth largest in the world. Because of its size, at least 50% of the total land area of the entire continent is essentially a part of Brazil. Technically, the country is 8,456,510 km2, excluding territories extending to the sea.

Having such a huge area has a lot of advantages. For instance, a large part of the country, those within the equator, experiences hot climate most of the year, but the regions at the lower half of the country experience milder and cooler temperatures.

The world’s mightiest river also lies in the country. Of course, the river extends to many countries, but most of it is in the vast geography of the country. Along with the river is the great Amazon rainforest. The Brazilian government is very keen on protecting its rich and diverse flora and fauna and is even very active in global efforts to preserve nature.

The country is rich in natural and mineral resources. The name Brazil is, as a matter of fact, originally derived from the Ameridian term Brasil, which is a name of a type of hardwood bountiful in the area. This type of wood was so popular it was exported to many parts of the world through Portugal. Today, the cutting and sale of the said wood is illegal. Minerals like gold, bauxite, iron ore, uranium, and manganese exist in significant quantities in the country, and they have contributed largely to the economic growth of Brazil.

Definitions

  • Area > Comparative: The area of various small countries expressed in comparison to various areas within the United States of America.
  • Area > Land: Total land area in square kilometres
  • Area > Total: Total area in square kilometers
  • Area > Water: Total water area in square kilometers
  • Climate: A brief description of typical weather regimes throughout the year.
  • Coastline: The total length of the boundary between the land area (including islands) and the sea.
  • Elevation extremes > Highest point: Highest point above sea level
  • Elevation extremes > Lowest point: This entry is derived from Geography > Elevation extremes, which includes both the highest point and the lowest point.
  • Geographic coordinates: This entry includes rounded latitude and longitude figures for the purpose of finding the approximate geographic center of an entity and is based on the Gazetteer of Conventional Names, Third Edition, August 1988, US Board on Geographic Names and on other sources.
  • Land area > Square miles: Country land area.
  • Land boundaries > Border countries: Length of land boundaries by border country
  • Land use > Arable land: The percentage of used land that is arable. Arable land is land cultivated for crops that are replanted after each harvest like wheat, maize, and rice
  • Location: The country's regional location, neighboring countries, and adjacent bodies of water.
  • Natural resources: A country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance.
  • Terrain: A brief description of the topography
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Area > Comparative slightly smaller than the US 2013
Area > Land 8.46 million sq km 2008 6th out of 235
Area > Total 8.51 million sq km 2013 6th out of 251
Area > Water 55,460 sq km 2013 12th out of 246
Climate mostly tropical, but temperate in south 2013
Coastline 7,491 km 2014 17th out of 242
Elevation extremes > Highest point Pico da Neblina 2,994 m 2013
Elevation extremes > Lowest point Atlantic Ocean 0 m 2013
Geographic coordinates 10 00 S, 55 00 W 2013
Land area > Square miles 3.3 million square miles 2013 2nd out of 86
Land boundaries > Border countries Argentina 1,261 km, Bolivia 3,423 km, Colombia 1,644 km, French Guiana 730 km, Guyana 1,606 km, Paraguay 1,365 km, Peru 2,995 km, Suriname 593 km, Uruguay 1,068 km, Venezuela 2,200 km 2013
Land use > Arable land 8.45% 2013 123th out of 246
Location Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean 2013
Natural resources bauxite, gold, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, platinum, tin, rare earth elements, uranium, petroleum, hydropower, timber 2013
Terrain mostly flat to rolling lowlands in north; some plains, hills, mountains, and narrow coastal belt 2013

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; CIA World Factbooks 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; British Broadcasting Corporation 2014

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"Brazil Geography Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Brazil/Geography

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Brazil Geography Profiles (Subcategories)

Area 13 Land boundaries 4
Environment 3 Land use 3
Freshwater withdrawal 6 Maritime claims 6
Land area 3 Surface area 3
Brazil ranked first for area > total amongst Hot countries in 2013.
Brazil ranked first for land area > sq. km amongst Catholic countries in 2008.
Brazil ranked first for land boundaries > total amongst Christian countries in 2013.
Brazil ranked first for surface area > sq. km amongst Latin America and Caribbean in 2005.

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Brazil is the largest country in South America, and the fifth largest in the world. Because of its size, at least 50% of the total land area of the entire continent is essentially a part of Brazil. Technically, the country is 8,456,510 km2, excluding territories extending to the sea.

Having such a huge area has a lot of advantages. For instance, a large part of the country, those within the equator, experiences hot climate most of the year, but the regions at the lower half of the country experience milder and cooler temperatures.

The world’s mightiest river also lies in the country. Of course, the river extends to many countries, but most of it is in the vast geography of the country. Along with the river is the great Amazon rainforest. The Brazilian government is very keen on protecting its rich and diverse flora and fauna and is even very active in global efforts to preserve nature.

The country is rich in natural and mineral resources. The name Brazil is, as a matter of fact, originally derived from the Ameridian term Brasil, which is a name of a type of hardwood bountiful in the area. This type of wood was so popular it was exported to many parts of the world through Portugal. Today, the cutting and sale of the said wood is illegal. Minerals like gold, bauxite, iron ore, uranium, and manganese exist in significant quantities in the country, and they have contributed largely to the economic growth of Brazil.

Posted on 06 Apr 2014

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