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South Africa

South Africa Geography Stats

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 less than twice the size of Texas 2013
Area > Land 1.22 million sq km 2008 25th out of 235
Area > Total 1.22 million sq km 2013 26th out of 251
Area > Water 4,620 sq km 2013 69th out of 246
Climate mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights 2013
Coastline 2,798 km 2014 43th out of 242
Elevation extremes > Highest point Njesuthi 3,408 m 2013
Elevation extremes > Lowest point Atlantic Ocean 0 m 2013
Geographic coordinates 29 00 S, 24 00 E 2013
Land area > Square miles 470,693 square miles 2013 15th out of 86
Land boundaries > Border countries Botswana 1,840 km, Lesotho 909 km, Mozambique 491 km, Namibia 967 km, Swaziland 430 km, Zimbabwe 225 km 2013
Land use > Arable land 9.87% 2013 107th out of 246
Location Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa 2013
Natural resources gold, chromium, antimony, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, rare earth elements, uranium, gem diamonds, platinum, copper, vanadium, salt, natural gas 2013
Terrain vast interior plateau rimmed by rugged hills and narrow coastal plain 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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"South Africa Geography Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/South-Africa/Geography

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South Africa 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

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