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    West Bank Geography 1998

      Location Middle East, west of Jordan

      Geographic coordinates 32 00 N, 35 15 E

      Map references Middle East

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

      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 NEGL

      Land use
      arable land: 27%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 32%
      forests and woodland: 1%
      other: 40%

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards NA

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

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: none of the selected agreements
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note landlocked; highlands are main recharge area for Israel's coastal aquifers; there are 207 Israeli settlements and civilian land use sites in the West Bank and 29 in East Jerusalem (August 1997 est.)

      NOTE: The information regarding West Bank on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of West Bank Geography 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about West Bank Geography 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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