Environment of the United States


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    Environment of the United States

    Post by kosovohp on Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:38 am

    The land area of the contiguous United States is approximately 1.9 billion acres (770 million hectares). Alaska, separated from the contiguous United States by Canada, is the largest state at 365 million acres (150 million hectares). Hawaii, occupying an archipelago in the central Pacific, southwest of North America, has just over 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares).[17] After Russia and Canada, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest nation by total area (land and water), ranking just above or below China. The ranking varies depending on how two territories disputed by China and India are counted and how the total size of the United States is calculated: the CIA World Factbook gives 3,794,101 square miles (9,826,675 km2),[1] the United Nations Statistics Division gives 3,717,813 sq mi (9,629,091 km2),[18] and the Encyclopædia Britannica gives 3,676,486 sq mi (9,522,055 km2).[19] Including only land area, the United States is third in size behind Russia and China, just ahead of Canada.

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