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    Yemen, People's Democratic Republic of Geography - 1990

      Total area: 332,970 km2
      land area: 332,970 km2; includes Perim, Socotra

      Comparative area: slightly larger than New Mexico

      Land boundaries: 1,699 km total; Oman 288 km, Saudi Arabia 830 km, YAR 581 km

      Coastline: 1,383 km

      Maritime claims:

      Contiguous zone: 24 nm;

      Continental shelf: edge of continental margin or 200 nm;

      Extended economic zone: 200 nm;

      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: sections of boundary with YAR indefinite or undefined; Administrative Line with Oman; no defined boundary with Saudi Arabia

      Climate: desert; extraordinarily hot and dry

      Terrain: mostly upland desert plains; narrow, flat, sandy coastal plain backed by flat-topped hills and rugged mountains

      Natural resources: fish, oil, minerals (gold, copper, lead)

      Land use: 1% arable land; NEGL% permanent crops; 27% meadows and pastures; 7% forest and woodland; 65% other; includes NEGL% irrigated

      Environment: scarcity of natural freshwater resources; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification

      Note: controls southern approaches to Bab el Mandeb linking Red Sea to Gulf of Aden, one of world's most active shipping lanes

      NOTE: The information regarding Yemen, People's Democratic Republic of on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Yemen, People's Democratic Republic of Geography 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Yemen, People's Democratic Republic of Geography 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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