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    Gibraltar Geography 2000

      Location: Southwestern Europe, bordering the Strait of Gibraltar, which links the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, on the southern coast of Spain

      Geographic coordinates: 36 11 N, 5 22 W

      Map references: Europe

      Area:
      total: 6.5 sq km
      land: 6.5 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative: about 11 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

      Land boundaries:
      total: 1.2 km
      border countries: Spain 1.2 km

      Coastline: 12 km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 3 nm

      Climate: Mediterranean with mild winters and warm summers

      Terrain: a narrow coastal lowland borders the Rock of Gibraltar

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Rock of Gibraltar 426 m

      Natural resources: NEGL

      Land use:
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland: 0%
      other: 100% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: NA

      Environment - current issues: limited natural freshwater resources; large concrete or natural rock water catchments collect rain water

      Geography - note: strategic location on Strait of Gibraltar that links the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea

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