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    West Bank Geography 2000

      Location: Middle East, west of Jordan

      Geographic coordinates: 32 00 N, 35 15 E

      Map references: Middle East

      Area:
      total: 5,860 sq km
      land: 5,640 sq km
      water: 220 sq km
      note: includes West Bank, Latrun Salient, and the northwest quarter of the Dead Sea, but excludes Mt. Scopus; East Jerusalem and Jerusalem No Man's Land are also included only as a means of depicting the entire area occupied by Israel in 1967

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Delaware

      Land boundaries:
      total: 404 km
      border countries: Israel 307 km, Jordan 97 km

      Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

      Maritime claims: none (landlocked)

      Climate: temperate, temperature and precipitation vary with altitude, warm to hot summers, cool to mild winters

      Terrain: mostly rugged dissected upland, some vegetation in west, but barren in east

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Dead Sea -408 m
      highest point: Tall Asur 1,022 m

      Natural resources: arable land

      Land use:
      arable land: 27%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 32%
      forests and woodland: 1%
      other: 40%

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: NA

      Environment - current issues: adequacy of fresh water supply; sewage treatment

      Geography - note: landlocked; highlands are main recharge area for Israel's coastal aquifers; there are 231 Israeli settlements and civilian land use sites in the West Bank and 29 in East Jerusalem (August 1999 est.)

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