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Jordan Geography

Jordan    Geography Top of Page
Location: Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia
Geographic coordinates: 31 00 N, 36 00 E
Map references: Middle East
Area: total:  92,300 sq km

land:  91,971 sq km

water:  329 sq km
Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Indiana
Land boundaries: total:  1,619 km

border countries:  Iraq 181 km, Israel 238 km, Saudi Arabia 728 km, Syria 375 km, West Bank 97 km
Coastline: 26 km
Maritime claims: territorial sea:  3 NM
Climate: mostly arid desert; rainy season in west (November to April)
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

highest point:  Jabal Ram 1,734 m
Natural resources: phosphates, potash, shale oil
Land use: arable land:  4%

permanent crops:  1%

permanent pastures:  9%

forests and woodland:  1%

other:  85% (1993 est.)
Irrigated land: 630 sq km (1993 est.)
Natural hazards: droughts
Environment - current issues: limited natural fresh water resources; deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification
Environment - international agreements: party to:  Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands

signed, but not ratified:  none of the selected agreements


Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook

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