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    Saudi Arabia Geography - 1989

      Total area: 2,149,690 km2
      land area: 2,149,690 km2

      Comparative area: slightly less than one-fourth the size of US

      Land boundaries: 4,410 km total
      Iraq 488 km, Iraq-Saudi Arabia Neutral Zone 198 km, Jordan 742 km, Kuwait 222 km, Oman 676 km, Qatar 40 km, UAE 586 km, PDRY 830 km, YAR 628 km

      Coastline: 2,510 km

      Maritime claims: @m5Contiguous zone: 18 nm
      @m5Continental shelf: not specific
      @m5Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: no defined boundaries with Oman, PDRY, UAE, and YAR; shares Neutral Zone with Iraq

      Climate: harsh, dry desert with great extremes of temperature

      Terrain: mostly uninhabited, sandy desert

      Natural resources: crude oil, natural gas, iron ore, gold, copper

      Land use: 1% arable land; NEGL% permanent crops; 39% meadows and pastures; 1% forest and woodland; 59% other; includes NEGL% irrigated

      Environment: no perennial rivers or permanent water bodies; developing extensive coastal seawater desalination facilities; desertification

      Note: extensive coastlines on Persian Gulf and Red Sea provide great leverage on shipping (especially crude oil) through Persian Gulf and Suez Canal

      NOTE: The information regarding Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia Geography 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Saudi Arabia Geography 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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