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The nation of equatorial guinea is located in west central Africa. The total land area is 10,811 square miles (28,000 square kilometers) and includes the mainland region as well as the islands of Bioko, Annobon, and others. In 2006, the estimated population of the country was 540,000, and it was one of the last African countries to gain independence (in 1968, from Spain). Continental Equatorial Guinea rises from a wide coastal plain to the hilly terrains of the interior. The Mbini River Basin covers much of this region, which is home to about 80 percent of the population. The islands are volcanic and present altitudes above 9,840 feet (3,000 meters) in Annobon. The climate is hot with abundant rainfall throughout the year. About two-thirds of ...

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