Geography of Liberia
Liberia is considered to be a large nation because of its total area. Its total land area is 111,369 km² (approx. 43,000 mi²). Continental shelf of Liberia is approximately 17,715 km² (around 6,840 mi²). Liberia is located in Africa. Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent. African countries include, but are not limited to, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Egypt. Liberia has 3 neighbouring countries. Its neighbours include Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone. Liberia is not a landlocked country. It means that is is bordered by at least one major body of water. The average elevation range of Liberia is 243 m (797 ft).
Total length of land borders of Liberia is 1667 kilometers (~644 miles). Liberia shares its land borders with 3 different countries, and has the same number of unique land boundaries to neigbouring territories. As in the case of Liberia, if a country has the same number of unique neighboring territories as number of land borders, than that country has no non-contiguous sections of a land border. This is in contrast to several countries that have multiple non-contiguous sections of land borders. Liberia has 3 neighbouring countries. Its neighbours include Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, and Sierra Leone. The lengths of the land borders of Liberia with its neighbouring countries are as follows:
- Guinea - 563 km (350 mi),
- Côte d'Ivoire - 716 km (445 mi),
- Sierra Leone - 306 km (190 mi).
The capital city of Liberia is Monrovia. The largest city in Liberia is Monrovia.
The average elevation range of Liberia is 243 m (797 ft). The highest point of Liberia is Mount Wuteve, with its official height being 1440 m (4,725 ft). The lowest point of Liberia is Atlantic Ocean. The elevation difference between the highest (Mount Wuteve) and lowest (Atlantic Ocean) points of Liberia is 1440 m (2 ft).
The total land area of Liberia is 111,369 km² (approx. 43,000 mi²). and the total exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is 249,734 km² (~96,422 mi²). The continental shelf of Liberia is approximately 17,715 km² (around 6,840 mi²). Including land mass and EEZ, the total area of Liberia is approximately 361,103 km² (~139,422 mi²). Liberia is considered to be a large nation because of its total area.
Forest and arable land
31,540 km² of Liberia's territory is covered in forests, and forest land comprises 28% of all the land in the country. There are 3,304 km² of arable land in Liberia, and it comprises 3% of the country's total territory.
Read our section on climate to discover what parameters affect these and other biomes of the country.
The most notable natural resources found in Liberia are iron ore, timber, diamonds, gold, hydropower.