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Kenya: Geography#

LocationEastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania
Geographic Coordinates1 00 N, 38 00 E 1.0,38.0
Area total: 580,367 sq km
land: 569,140 sq km
water: 11,227 sq km
We are unable to verify those figures from Factbook, since the 6 main sources we used for checking give different figures as follows:
Factbook: 580367
DBpedia: 580365
Geoname: 582650
Infoplease: 582650
Britannica: 582646
Wolfram: 580367

Attempted Explanation: Please help us to try to explain the discrepancies by sending us helpful information to office@global-geography.org
Land boundariestotal: 3,477 km
border countries: Ethiopia 861 km, Somalia 682 km, South Sudan 232 km, Tanzania 769 km, Uganda 933 km
Coastline536 km
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: Mount Kenya 5,199 m
Highest MountainsDue to difference in mountain rankings taken from two data sources we are listing here both lists :
According to Wolfram: Mount Kenya 5199 m; Nelion 4338 m; Mount Longonot 2777 m
According to Geonames: Mount Kenya 5199 m; Mount Elgon 4321 m; Opuru 2856 m; Oldoinyo Sapuk 2150 m

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Terrainlow plains rise to central highlands bisected by Great Rift Valley; fertile plateau in west
Natural Hazardsrecurring drought; flooding during rainy seasons volcanism: limited volcanic activity; the Barrier (elev. 1,032 m) last erupted in 1921; South Island is the only other historically active volcano
Natural Resourcelimestone, soda ash, salt, gemstones, fluorspar, zinc, diatomite, gypsum, wildlife, hydropower
Land Usearable land: 9.48%
permanent crops: 1.12%
other: 89.4% (2011)
Climatevaries from tropical along coast to arid in interior
Irrigated Land1,032 sq km (2003)
Renewable Water Resources30.7 cu km (2011)
Environment_CurrentIssueswater pollution from urban and industrial wastes; degradation of water quality from increased use of pesticides and fertilizers; water hyacinth infestation in Lake Victoria; deforestation; soil erosion; desertification; poaching
Environment - international agreementsparty to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
Large CitiesNairobi; Mombasa; Nakuru; Eldoret; Kisumu
Important Cities
Geography-notethe Kenyan Highlands comprise one of the most successful agricultural production regions in Africa; glaciers are found on Mount Kenya, Africa's second highest peak; unique physiography supports abundant and varied wildlife of scientific and economic value