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    Jordan Geography 1997

      Location Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia

      Geographic coordinates 31 00 N, 36 00 E

      Map references Middle East

      total: 89,213 sq km
      land: 88,884 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, WestBank 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 Valleyseparates East and West Banks of the Jordan River

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Dead Sea -408 m
      highest point: Jabal Ram 1,754 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 NA

      Environment - current issues limited natural fresh water resources; deforestation; overgrazing; soilerosion; desertification

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, HazardousWastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection,Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      NOTE: The information regarding Jordan on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Jordan Geography 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Jordan Geography 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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