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Ivory Coast

Physical Features

Figure 4. Vegetation Zones, 1983

Source: Based on information from Y. Monnier, "Végétation," in Pierre Vennetier (ed.), Atlas de la Côte d'Ivoire (2d ed.), Paris, 1983, 17.

The nation consists of a large plateau rising gradually from sea level to almost 500 meters altitude in the north. Vegetation changes from lagoon and semitropical growth in the south to savanna grassland and scrub in the north (see fig. 4). Mountain ranges extend along the western border and a few peaks dot the northeast corner. Four major river systems flow southward forming parallel drainage basins. Cutting across these basins are three geographic regions roughly parallel to the coast--the lagoon region, the forest region, and the savanna region.

Data as of November 1988