- Geography of Western Sahara
Geography of Western Sahara Continent Africa Region North Africa Coordinates Coordinates: Area Ranked 77th
Coastline 1,110 km Borders 2,046 km
(Algeria 42 km, Mauritania 1,561 km, Morocco 443 km)
Highest point unnamed elevation
Lowest point Sebjet Tah, -55 m
Total: 266,060 km²
- land: 266,000 km²
- water: 0 km²
- Coastline: 1,110 km;
- Land boundaries: 2,046 km
- Saguia el-Hamra is the northern third with the city El Aaiún.
- Río de Oro is the southern two-thirds (south of Cape Bojador), with the city Dakhla.
Maritime claims: contingent upon resolution of sovereignty issue
The terrain is mostly low, flat desert with large areas of rocky or sandy surfaces rising to small mountains in south and northeast.
- Lowest point: Sebjet Tah -55 m
- Highest point: unnamed location 463 m
phosphates, iron ore, fishing resources on Atlantic Ocean coast
Arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
permanent pastures: 19%
forests and woodland: 0%
Irrigated land: NA km²
Hot, dry, dust/sand-laden sirocco wind can occur during winter and spring; widespread harmattan haze exists 60% of time, often severely restricting visibility. Flash flooding occurs during spring months.
It has a climate that is hot, dry desert; cold offshore air currents produce fog and heavy dew.
sparse water and lack of arable land
This is a list of the extreme points of Western Sahara, the points that are farther north, south, east or west than any other location.
- Northern-most point – the border with Morocco*
- Eastern-most point – the northern section of the border with Mauritania/Algeria**
- Southern-most point – the southern tip of Ras Nouadhibou/(Cap Blanc)
- Western-most point - Cape Dubouchage on Ras Nouadhibou
- *Note: Western Sahara does not have a northern-most point, the border being formed by a straight horizontal line
- **Note: Western Sahara does not have an eastern-most point, the border being formed by a straight vertical line
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