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    Western Sahara Geography 2000

      Location: Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Mauritania and Morocco

      Geographic coordinates: 24 30 N, 13 00 W

      Map references: Africa

      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

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