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Jordan Geography 2012

SOURCE: 2012 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Jordan Geography 2012
SOURCE: 2012 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 23,

Location:
Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia, between Israel (to the west) and Iraq

Geographic coordinates:
31 00 N, 36 00 E

Map references:
Middle East

Area:
total: 89,342 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 112
land: 88,802 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 540 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]

Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than Indiana

Land boundaries:
total: 1,635 km
border countries: Iraq 181 km, Israel 238 km, Saudi Arabia 744 km, Syria 375 km, West Bank 97 km
[see also: Land boundaries country ranks ]

Coastline:
26 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 3 nm

Climate:
mostly arid desert; rainy season in west (November to April)
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Terrain:
mostly desert plateau in east, highland area in west; Great Rift Valley separates East and West Banks of the Jordan River

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Dead Sea -408 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - lowest point country ranks ]
highest point: Jabal Umm ad Dami 1,854 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - highest point country ranks ]

Natural resources:
phosphates, potash, shale oil

Land use:
arable land: 3.32%
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 1.18%
[see also: Land use - permanent crops country ranks ]
other: 95.5% (2005)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
820 sq km (2008)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Total renewable water resources:
0.9 cu km (1997)
[see also: Total renewable water resources country ranks ]

Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
total: 1.01 cu km/yr (21%/4%/75%)
[see also: Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural) - total country ranks ]
per capita: 177 cu m/yr (2000)
[see also: Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural) - per capita country ranks ]

Natural hazards:
droughts; periodic earthquakes

Environment - current issues:
limited natural freshwater resources; deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography - note:
strategic location at the head of the Gulf of Aqaba and as the Arab country that shares the longest border with Israel and the occupied West Bank


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Jordan on this page is re-published from the 2012 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Jordan Geography 2012 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Jordan Geography 2012 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) They assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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