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    Libya Geography - 1989

      Total area: 1,759,540 km2
      land area: 1,759,540 km2

      Comparative area: slightly larger than Alaska

      Land boundaries: 4,383 km total
      Algeria 982 km, Chad 1,055 km, Egypt 1,150 km, Niger 354 km, Sudan 383 km, Tunisia 459 km

      Coastline: 1,770 km

      Maritime claims: @m5Territorial sea: 12 nm
      @m5Gulf of Sidra closing line: 32o 30' N

      Disputes: claims and occupies Aozou Strip in northern Chad; maritime boundary dispute with Tunisia; Libya claims about 19,400 km2 in northern Niger; Libya claims about 19,400 km2 in southeastern Algeria

      Climate: Mediterranean along coast; dry, extreme desert interior

      Terrain: mostly barren, flat to undulating plains, plateaus, depressions

      Natural resources: crude oil, natural gas, gypsum

      Land use: 1% arable land; 0% permanent crops; 8% meadows and pastures; 0% forest and woodland; 91% other; includes NEGL% irrigated

      Environment: hot, dry, dust-laden ghibli is a southern wind lasting one to four days in spring and fall; desertification; sparse natural water resources

      Note: the Great Manmade River Project, the largest water development scheme in the world, is being built to bring water from large aquifers under the Sahara to coastal cities

      NOTE: The information regarding Libya on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Libya Geography 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Libya Geography 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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