Geography of South Sudan

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A map of South Sudan, showing towns, cities, and disputed areas on its borders.
Geography of Republic of South Sudan
Continent Africa
Coordinates 05°N 31°E / 5°N 31°E / 5; 31
Area Ranked 45th
 • Total 619,745 km2 (239,285 sq mi)
Borders

Total land borders:

Highest point Kinyeti
3,187 m (10,456.0 ft)
Longest river White Nile

The geography of South Sudan describes the physical features of South Sudan, a country in East Africa. South Sudan is a landlocked country and borders - clockwise - Sudan from the north, Ethiopia from the east, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo from the south and the Central African Republic from the west.

Until July 9, 2011 it was part of Sudan, then the largest country in Africa before a referendum took place in January 2011.[1]

Political Geography[edit]

South Sudan is divided into ten states which correspond to three historical regions of the Sudan: Bahr el Ghazal, Equatoria, and Greater Upper Nile.

Bahr el Ghazal[edit]

Equatoria[edit]

Greater Upper Nile[edit]

The ten states are further subdivided into 86 counties.

The Abyei Area, a small region of Sudan bordering on the South Sudanese states of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, and Unity, currently has a special administrative status in Sudan and is governed by an Abyei Area Administration. It was due to hold a referendum in 2011 on whether to join South Sudan or remain part of the Republic of Sudan, but in May the North Sudanese military seized Abyei, and it is not clear if the referendum will be held.

Land boundaries[edit]

The length of South Sudan's borders is 4,797 kilometers.
Bordering countries are (with boundary length):

Topography[edit]

Mountains[edit]

The Imatong Mountains are located in the southeast of South Sudan in the state of Eastern Equatoria, and extend into Uganda. Mount Kinyeti is the highest mountain of the range at 3,187 metres (10,456 ft), and the highest in the whole of South Sudan. The range has an equatorial climate and had dense montane forests supporting diverse wildlife. In recent years the rich ecology has been severely degraded by forest clearance and subsistence farming, leading to extensive erosion of the steep slopes.


Natural resources[edit]

South Sudan is mostly covered in tropical forest, swamps, and grassland. The White Nile passes through the country, passing by the capital city of Juba.[2]

Half the water of the White Nile is lost in the swamps as vegetation absorbs it or animals drink it. The Sudd, the Bahr el Ghazal and the Sobat River swamps provide a significant resource for wild animals as well as livestock.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First day of south Sudan referendum ends peacefully". Tehran Times. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Moukaddem, Karimeh (6 June 2011). "South Sudan’s tropical forests fast disappearing". Sudan.net. Retrieved 9 July 2011.