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Western Sahara    Geography Top of Page
Location: Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Mauritania and Morocco
Geographic coordinates: 24 30 N, 13 00 W
Map references: Africa
Area: total:  266,000 sq km

land:  266,000 sq km

water:  0 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%

permanent pastures:  19%

forests and woodland:  0%

other:  81%
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

 

Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook








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