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West Bank Geography 2018

SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











West Bank Geography 2018
SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 28, 2018

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
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
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:
mean elevation: NA
[see also: Elevation - mean elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes: lowest point: Dead Sea -431 m highest point: Khallat al Batrakh 1,020 m

Natural resources:
arable land

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

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 2018 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of West Bank Geography 2018 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about West Bank Geography 2018 should be addressed to the CIA.
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  a) The 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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