It is now  9:32 pm  Tuesday,  April  17, 2001  in Belarus


Belarus' terrain is the result of continental glaciation. The country is generally flat, with rising highlands stretching from the west and southwest to the northeast. These are cut through by rivers, producing a pattern of alternating flat elevations and river valleys. The north-western corner of Belarus is dotted with glacial lakes -- the area near Braslau alone includes 31 lakes with a total surface area of 113.2 sq. km. and is the site of the newly established Braslau Lakes National Park. Along the Polish border, where the hilly country descends from the Vaukavysk and Hrodna uplands, lies the Belaviezhskaja National Forest -- one of the largest surviving primeval forests in Europe. The eastern part of the country is characterized by overlapping glacial and alluvial plains, while the southern part of the country is a vast lowland characterized by marshlands and swamps.

The highest point is the Gara Lysaya in the Minsk highlands at 1,437 feet (365 meters). The lowest point is in the valley of the Nyoman River at 295 feet (90 meters).

The principal rivers are the Western Dvina (Dzvina), Berezina (Biarezina), Villya (Viliya), Neman (Nyoman), Bug (Boog), Pripyat (Prypiac), Dnepr (Dniepr) and the Sozh. Belarus falls into three main drainage basins, the Dniepr-Prypiac' basin draining into the Black sea, and the Neman and Western Dzvina basins, draining into the Baltic sea.

Land Use; forested 34%, agricultural-cultivated 30%, meadows and pastures 15%, other 21%.