Natural Resources and Wildlife
Costa Rica is country with a rich biodiversity and natural resources. The natural resources in Costa Rica are hydro power, wind power, and geothermal power.
An incredible five percent of the world's biodiversity is found within this small country which includes over 800 species of ferns, 1,000 of orchids, 2,000 kinds of trees, and 200 species of mammals.
Population and Places
The current population of Costa Rica is 4,133,884 (July 2008 est). Nearly two-third of the country's population lives in the capital San Jose and the neighboring major cities of Alajuela and Heredie. These cities are situated in the middle of the Meseta Central (Central Valley).
The country is divided into seven provinces which are San Jose, Heredia, Alajuela, Guanacaste, Puntarenas, Limon and Cartago. Except for the Guanacaste province whose capital is Liberia, all the other provinces have a capital city of the same name.
Costa Rica is a tropical country which comprises of many distinct climatic zones.
The country does not experience any winter or summer season. The rainy season in Costa Rica starts from May to November, while the dry season is from December to April.
Annual average rainfall in all of Costa Rica is 100 inches with some mountainous areas getting as much as 25 feet on bare eastern slopes.
Temperatures in Costa Rica depends more on altitude than location. The mean temperature is around 72 degrees in the Central Valley, 82 degrees on the Atlantic coast and 89 degrees on the Pacific coast.
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