Climate of Gabon

République Gabonaise
Continent Africa
Geographic coordinates 00|N|11|45|E|type:country name=

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Area
 - Total
 - % water
Ranked 77th
267,667 km²
3.7% (10,000 km²)
Coastline 885 km
Highest point Mont Iboundji, 1575m
Lowest point Atlantic Ocean, 0 m
Longest river Ogooué River
Largest inland body of water  ??
Land Use
 - Arable land
 - Permanent
   crops
 - Other

1.21 %

0.64 %

98.15% (2005)
Climate: Tropical; always hot, humid
Natural resources Petroleum, natural gas, diamond, niobium, manganese, uranium, gold, timber, iron ore, hydropower
Environmental issues deforestation, poaching

Gabon is a country in West Africa, lying along the Atlantic Ocean, just south of the Bight of Biafra.

Borders

Gabon has a total of 2,551 km of international boundaries. It borders Equatorial Guinea (350 km) and Cameroon (298 km) to the north and the Republic of the Congo (1,903 km) to the east and south. Gabon lies on the equator.

Maritime claims
  • Contiguous zone: 24 nmi (44 km)
  • Exclusive economic zone: 200 nmi (370 km)
  • Territorial sea: 12 nmi (22 km)

Climate

Gabon has the moist, hot climate typical of tropical regions. The hottest month is January, with an average high at Libreville of 31 °C (88 °F) and an average low of 23 °C (73 °F). Average July temperatures in the capital range between 20 and 28 °C (68 and 82 °F). From June to September there is virtually no rain but high humidity; there is occasional rain in December and January. During the remaining months, rainfall is heavy. The excessive rainfall is caused by the condensation of moist air resulting from the meeting, directly off the coast, of the cold Benguela Current from the south and the warm Guinea Current from the north. At Libreville, the average annual rainfall is more than 2,540 mm (100 in). Farther north on the coast, it is 3,810 mm (150 in).

Environment

International agreements:

Party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling

Signed, but not ratified: None of the selected agreements

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