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    West Bank Geography - 2003

      Location: Middle East, west of Jordan

      Geographic coordinates: 32 00 N, 35 15 E

      Map references: Middle East

      Area: total: 5,860 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
      water: 220 sq km
      land: 5,640 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Delaware

      Land boundaries: total: 404 km
      border countries: Israel 307 km, Jordan 97 km

      Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

      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, some vegetation in west, but barren in east

      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Dead Sea -408 m
      highest point: Tall Asur 1,022 m

      Natural resources: arable land

      Land use: arable land: NEGL%
      permanent crops: 0%
      other: 100% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: droughts

      Environment - current issues: adequacy of fresh water supply; sewage treatment

      Geography - note: landlocked; highlands are main recharge area for Israel's coastal aquifers; there are 242 Israeli settlements and civilian land use sites in the West Bank and 29 in East Jerusalem (February 2002 est.)

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

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