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North Korea: Geography#

LocationEastern Asia, northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan, between China and South Korea
Geographic Coordinates40 00 N, 127 00 E 40.0,127.0
Area total: 120,538 sq km
land: 120,408 sq km
water: 130 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: 120538
DBpedia: 120540
Geoname: 120540
Infoplease: 120540
Britannica: 122762
Wolfram: 120538

Attempted Explanation: Please help us to try to explain the discrepancies by sending us helpful information to office@global-geography.org
Land boundariestotal: 1,672 km
border countries: China 1,416 km, South Korea 238 km, Russia 18 km
Coastline2,495 km
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Sea of Japan 0 m
highest point: Paektu-san 2,744 m
Highest MountainsDue to difference in mountain rankings taken from two data sources we are listing here both lists :
According to Wolfram: Mount Baekdu 2744 m
According to Geonames: Puksubaek-san 2522 m; Paek-san 2476 m; Namp'ot'ae-san 2428 m; Yonhwa-san 2355 m; Sol-lyong 2350 m

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Terrainmostly hills and mountains separated by deep, narrow valleys; coastal plains wide in west, discontinuous in east
Natural Hazardslate spring droughts often followed by severe flooding; occasional typhoons during the early fall volcanism: Changbaishan (elev. 2,744 m) (also known as Baitoushan, Baegdu or P'aektu-san), on the Chinese border, is considered historically active
Natural Resourcecoal, lead, tungsten, zinc, graphite, magnesite, iron ore, copper, gold, pyrites, salt, fluorspar, hydropower
Land Usearable land: 19.08%
permanent crops: 1.7%
other: 79.22% (2011)
Climatetemperate with rainfall concentrated in summer
Irrigated Land14,600 sq km (2003)
Renewable Water Resources77.15 cu km (2011)
Environment_CurrentIssueswater pollution; inadequate supplies of potable water; waterborne disease; deforestation; soil erosion and degradation
Environment - international agreementsparty to: Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution
signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea
Large CitiesPyongyang; Hamhung; Nampo; Hvngnam; Kaesong
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Important Cities
Geography-notestrategic location bordering China, South Korea, and Russia; mountainous interior is isolated and sparsely populated
Important Lakes