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Guinea Bissau, Land and Resources

Petroleum deposits, Tropical hardwoods, plateau region, mangrove, average annual rainfall

Most of Guinea-Bissau is a low-lying, swampy coastal plain. The land rises gradually to form a plateau region in the east. The maximum elevation of about 310 m (about 1,017 ft) is found in the southeast. Numerous meandering rivers cross the country from east to west and form wide estuaries near their mouths. Nearly all are navigable and serve as major transportation arteries. The climate is tropical, with a mean annual temperature of 25 C (77 F). A rainy season lasts from June to November. The average annual rainfall at Bissau is 1,950 mm (77 in). Vegetation consists of mangrove and rain forest on the coastal plain and a savanna woodland on the interior plateau. Tropical hardwoods are a major potential resource. Although there is no mineral production, large deposits of bauxite and phosphate exist. Petroleum deposits are offshore.

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Petroleum deposits, Tropical hardwoods, plateau region, mangrove, average annual rainfall, rainy season, rain forest, climate, Vegetation, mouths, phosphate, Guinea-Bissau, country, east

 
 

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