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Chihuahua Largest state in Mexico, on the n Mexican plateau; the capital is Chihuahua. Other cities include Ciudad Juárez. The climate and terrain vary from the cool mountains of the Sierra Madre (w) to the arid desert (e). Industries: mining, forestry, tourism, cotton. Area: 247,086sq km (95,400sq mi). Pop. (2000) 3,047,867; (city) 670,208.