Argentina is a large country, 2,780,000 square km, situated along the temperate Atlantic coast of South America. It stretches from the tropical Province of Formosa at 22°S. to the Province of Tierra del Fuego at 55°S.—a distance of 3800 km. Population is concentrated on the Atlantic seaboard, although interior cities such as Mendoza and Córdoba are important agricultural and mining centers. Argentina is a democracy with president Carlos Menem’s current term expiring in December, 1999.

Argentina is self-sufficient in oil and gas, has vast uranium resources and a well-developed non-metallic industrial minerals sector, but is considered underexplored for metallic...

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