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    Kuwait Geography - 2003

      Location: Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia

      Geographic coordinates: 29 30 N, 45 45 E

      Map references: Middle East

      Area: total: 17,820 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 17,820 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than New Jersey

      Land boundaries: total: 462 km
      border countries: Iraq 240 km, Saudi Arabia 222 km

      Coastline: 499 km

      Maritime claims: territorial sea: 12 NM

      Climate: dry desert; intensely hot summers; short, cool winters

      Terrain: flat to slightly undulating desert plain

      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Persian Gulf 0 m
      highest point: unnamed location 306 m

      Natural resources: petroleum, fish, shrimp, natural gas

      Land use: arable land: 0.34%
      permanent crops: 0.06%
      other: 99.6% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land: 60 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards: sudden cloudbursts are common from October to April and bring heavy rain, which can damage roads and houses; sandstorms and dust storms occur throughout the year, but are most common between March and August

      Environment - current issues: limited natural fresh water resources; some of world's largest and most sophisticated desalination facilities provide much of the water; air and water pollution; desertification

      Environment - international agreements: party to: Climate Change, Desertification, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection
      signed, but not ratified: Biodiversity, Endangered Species, Marine Dumping

      Geography - note: strategic location at head of Persian Gulf

      NOTE: The information regarding Kuwait on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Kuwait Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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