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    Western Sahara Geography - 2004

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

      Geographic coordinates:
      24 30 N, 13 00 W

      Map references:

      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

      1,110 km

      Maritime claims - as described in UNCLOS 1982 (see Notes and Definitions):
      contingent upon resolution of sovereignty issue

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

      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 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Western Sahara Geography 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Western Sahara Geography 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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