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    Morocco Geography - 2003
    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/morocco/morocco_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Western Sahara


      Geographic coordinates: 32 00 N, 5 00 W


      Map references: Africa


      Area: total: 446,550 sq km
      land: 446,300 sq km
      water: 250 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly larger than California


      Land boundaries: total: 2,017.9 km
      border countries: Algeria 1,559 km, Western Sahara 443 km, Spain (Ceuta) 6.3 km, Spain (Melilla) 9.6 km


      Coastline: 1,835 km


      Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM


      Climate: Mediterranean, becoming more extreme in the interior


      Terrain: northern coast and interior are mountainous with large areas of bordering plateaus, intermontane valleys, and rich coastal plains


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Sebkha Tah -55 m
      highest point: Jbel Toubkal 4,165 m


      Natural resources: phosphates, iron ore, manganese, lead, zinc, fish, salt


      Land use: arable land: 20.12%
      permanent crops: 2.05%
      other: 77.83% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: 12,910 sq km (1998 est.)


      Natural hazards: northern mountains geologically unstable and subject to earthquakes; periodic droughts


      Environment - current issues: land degradation/desertification (soil erosion resulting from farming of marginal areas, overgrazing, destruction of vegetation); water supplies contaminated by raw sewage; siltation of reservoirs; oil pollution of coastal waters


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


      Geography - note: strategic location along Strait of Gibraltar


      NOTE: The information regarding Morocco 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 Morocco Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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