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    Western Sahara Geography - 1991

      Total area: 266,000 km2
      land area: 266,000 km2

      Comparative area: slightly smaller than Colorado

      Land boundaries: 2,046 km total; Algeria 42 km, Mauritania 1,561 km, Morocco 443 km

      Coastline: 1,110 km

      Maritime claims: contingent upon resolution of sovereignty issue

      Disputes: claimed and administered by Morocco, but sovereignty is unresolved and guerrilla fighting continues in the area

      Climate: hot, dry desert; rain is rare; cold offshore 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

      Natural resources: phosphates, iron ore

      Land use: arable land NEGL%; permanent crops 0%; meadows and pastures 19%; forest and woodland 0%; other 81%

      Environment: hot, dry, dust/sand-laden sirocco wind can occur during winter and spring; widespread harmattan haze exists 60% of time, often severely restricting visibility; sparse water and arable land

      NOTE: The information regarding Western Sahara on this page is re-published from the 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Western Sahara Geography 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Western Sahara Geography 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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