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    Saudi Arabia Geography - 2006
    http://www.theodora.com/wfbcurrent/saudi_arabia/saudi_arabia_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location:
      Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, north of Yemen

      Geographic coordinates:
      25 00 N, 45 00 E

      Map references:
      Middle East

      Area:
      total: 1,960,582 sq km
      land: 1,960,582 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative:
      slightly more than one-fifth the size of the US

      Land boundaries:
      total: 4,431 km
      border countries: Iraq 814 km, Jordan 744 km, Kuwait 222 km, Oman 676 km, Qatar 60 km, UAE 457 km, Yemen 1,458 km

      Coastline:
      2,640 km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 12 nm
      contiguous zone: 18 nm
      continental shelf: not specified

      Climate:
      harsh, dry desert with great temperature extremes

      Terrain:
      mostly uninhabited, sandy desert

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Persian Gulf 0 m
      highest point: Jabal Sawda' 3,133 m

      Natural resources:
      petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, gold, copper

      Land use:
      arable land: 1.67%
      permanent crops: 0.09%
      other: 98.24% (2005)

      Irrigated land:
      16,200 sq km (2003)

      Natural hazards:
      frequent sand and dust storms

      Environment - current issues:
      desertification; depletion of underground water resources; the lack of perennial rivers or permanent water bodies has prompted the development of extensive seawater desalination facilities; coastal pollution from oil spills

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note:
      extensive coastlines on Persian Gulf and Red Sea provide great leverage on shipping (especially crude oil) through Persian Gulf and Suez Canal


      NOTE: The information regarding Saudi Arabia on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Saudi Arabia Geography 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Saudi Arabia Geography 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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