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    Yemen Geography - 2003
    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/yemen/yemen_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Red Sea, between Oman and Saudi Arabia


      Geographic coordinates: 15 00 N, 48 00 E


      Map references: Middle East


      Area: total: 527,970 sq km
      land: 527,970 sq km
      note: includes Perim, Socotra, the former Yemen Arab Republic (YAR or North Yemen), and the former People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (PDRY or South Yemen)
      water: 0 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly larger than twice the size of Wyoming


      Land boundaries: total: 1,746 km
      border countries: Oman 288 km, Saudi Arabia 1,458 km


      Coastline: 1,906 km


      Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      continental shelf: 200 NM or to the edge of the continental margin
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM


      Climate: mostly desert; hot and humid along west coast; temperate in western mountains affected by seasonal monsoon; extraordinarily hot, dry, harsh desert in east


      Terrain: narrow coastal plain backed by flat-topped hills and rugged mountains; dissected upland desert plains in center slope into the desert interior of the Arabian Peninsula


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Arabian Sea 0 m
      highest point: Jabal an Nabi Shu'ayb 3,760 m


      Natural resources: petroleum, fish, rock salt, marble, small deposits of coal, gold, lead, nickel, and copper, fertile soil in west


      Land use: arable land: 2.75%
      permanent crops: 0.21%
      other: 97.04% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: 4,900 sq km (1998 est.)


      Natural hazards: sandstorms and dust storms in summer


      Environment - current issues: very limited natural fresh water resources; inadequate supplies of potable water; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification


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


      Geography - note: strategic location on Bab el Mandeb, the strait linking the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, one of world's most active shipping lanes


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



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