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    Western Sahara Geography - 2002

      Location Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Mauritania and Morocco

      Geographic coordinates 24 30 N, 13 00 W

      Map references Africa

      total: 266,000 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 266,000 sq km

      Area - comparative about the size of Colorado

      Land boundaries
      total: 2,046 km
      border countries: Algeria 42 km, Mauritania 1,561 km, Morocco 443 km

      Coastline 1,110 km

      Maritime claims contingent upon resolution of sovereignty issue

      Climate hot, dry desert; rain is rare; cold offshore air currents produce fog and heavy dew

      Terrain mostly low, flat desert with large areas of rocky or sandy surfaces rising to small mountains in south and northeast

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Sebjet Tah -55 m
      highest point: unnamed location 463 m

      Natural resources phosphates, iron ore

      Land use
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      other: 100% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards hot, dry, dust/sand-laden sirocco wind can occur during winter and spring; widespread harmattan haze exists 60% of time, often severely restricting visibility

      Environment - current issues sparse water and lack of arable land

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: none of the selected agreements
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note the waters off the coast are particularly rich fishing areas

      NOTE: The information regarding Western Sahara on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Western Sahara Geography 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Western Sahara Geography 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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