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West Bank Geography 2019

SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











West Bank Geography 2019
SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 08, 2019

Location:
Middle East, west of Jordan, east of Israel

Geographic coordinates:
32 00 N, 35 15 E

Map references:
Middle East

Area:
total: 5,860 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 5,640 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 220 sq km
note: includes West Bank, Latrun Salient, and the northwest quarter of the Dead Sea, but excludes Mt. Scopus; East Jerusalem and Jerusalem No Man's Land are also included only as a means of depicting the entire area occupied by Israel in 1967
country comparison to the world: 172

Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than Delaware

Land boundaries:
total: 478 km
[see also: Land boundaries - total country ranks ]
border countries (2): Israel 330 km, Jordan 148 km

Coastline:
0 km (landlocked)
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
none (landlocked)

Climate:
temperate; temperature and precipitation vary with altitude, warm to hot summers, cool to mild winters

Terrain:
mostly rugged, dissected upland in west, flat plains descending to Jordan River Valley to the east

Elevation:
-431 m lowest point: Dead Sea
1020 highest point: Khallat al Batrakh

Natural resources:
arable land

Land use:
agricultural land: 43.3% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
arable land: 7.4% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 11% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - permanent crops country ranks ]
permanent pasture: 24.9% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - permanent pasture country ranks ]
forest: 1.5% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 55.2% (2011 est.)
note: includes Gaza Strip

Irrigated land:
240 sq km; note - includes Gaza Strip (2012)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Population distribution:
Palestinian settlements are primarily located in the central to western half of the territory; Jewish settlements are found in pockets throughout, particularly in the northeast, north-central, and around Jerusalem

Natural hazards:
droughts

Environment - current issues:
adequacy of freshwater supply; sewage treatment

Geography - note:
landlocked; highlands are main recharge area for Israel's coastal aquifers; there are about 380 Israeli civilian sites, including about 213 settlements and 132 small outpost communities in the West Bank and 35 sites in East Jerusalem (2017)

NOTE: 1) The information regarding West Bank on this page is re-published from the 2019 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of West Bank Geography 2019 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about West Bank Geography 2019 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) They assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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