Western Sahara

Western Sahara Geography Stats


  • Area > Comparative: The area of various small countries expressed in comparison to various areas within the United States of America.
  • Area > Comparative to US places: This entry provides an area comparison based on total area equivalents. Most entities are compared with the entire US or one of the 50 states based on area measurements (1990 revised) provided by the US Bureau of the Census. The smaller entities are compared with Washington, DC (178 sq km, 69 sq mi) or The Mall in Washington, DC (0.59 sq km, 0.23 sq mi, 146 acres).
  • Area > Land: Total land area in square kilometres
  • Area > Land > Per capita: Total land area in square kilometres Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Area > Total: Total area in square kilometers
  • Area > Water: Total water area in square kilometers
  • Climate: A brief description of typical weather regimes throughout the year.
  • Coastline: The total length of the boundary between the land area (including islands) and the sea.
  • Elevation extremes > Highest point: Highest point above sea level
  • Geographic coordinates: This entry includes rounded latitude and longitude figures for the purpose of finding the approximate geographic center of an entity and is based on the Gazetteer of Conventional Names, Third Edition, August 1988, US Board on Geographic Names and on other sources.
  • Land boundaries > Border countries: Length of land boundaries by border country
  • Land use > Arable land: The percentage of used land that is arable. Arable land is land cultivated for crops that are replanted after each harvest like wheat, maize, and rice
  • Location: The country's regional location, neighboring countries, and adjacent bodies of water.
  • Natural resources: A country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance.
  • Terrain: A brief description of the topography
Area > Comparative about the size of Colorado 2013
Area > Comparative to US places about the size of Colorado 2008
Area > Land 266,000 sq km 2008 74th out of 235
Area > Land > Per capita 675.42 sq km per 1,000 people 2008 4th out of 224
Area > Total 266,000 sq km 2013 79th out of 251
Area > Water 0.0 2013 177th out of 246
Climate hot, dry desert; rain is rare; cold offshore air currents produce fog and heavy dew 2013
Coastline 1,110 km 2014 83th out of 242
Elevation extremes > Highest point unnamed elevation 805 m 2013
Geographic coordinates 24 30 N, 13 00 W 2013
Land boundaries > Border countries Algeria 42 km, Mauritania 1,561 km, Morocco 443 km 2013
Land use > Arable land 0.02% 2013 214th out of 246
Location Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Mauritania and Morocco 2013
Natural resources phosphates, iron ore 2013
Terrain mostly low, flat desert with large areas of rocky or sandy surfaces rising to small mountains in south and northeast 2013

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008



Western Sahara Geography Profiles (Subcategories)

Area 7 Land use 3
Land boundaries 3

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