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Belize: Geography#

LocationCentral America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Mexico
Geographic Coordinates17 15 N, 88 45 W 17.25,-88.75
Area total: 22,966 sq km
land: 22,806 sq km
water: 160 sq km
[Verified in 8 databases]
Land boundariestotal: 542 km
border countries: Guatemala 266 km, Mexico 276 km
Coastline386 km
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
highest point: Doyle's Delight 1,160 m
Highest Mountains
Terrainflat, swampy coastal plain; low mountains in south
Natural Hazardsfrequent, devastating hurricanes (June to November) and coastal flooding (especially in south)
Natural Resourcearable land potential, timber, fish, hydropower
Land Usearable land: 3.27%
permanent crops: 1.39%
other: 95.34% (2011)
Climatetropical; very hot and humid; rainy season (May to November); dry season (February to May)
Irrigated Land30 sq km (2003)
Renewable Water Resources18.55 cu km (2011)
Environment_CurrentIssuesdeforestation; water pollution from sewage, industrial effluents, agricultural runoff; solid and sewage waste disposal
Environment - international agreementsparty to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
Large CitiesBelize City; San Ignacio; Orange Walk; Belmopan; Dangriga
Important Cities
Geography-noteonly country in Central America without a coastline on the North Pacific Ocean