Geography of Western Sahara
|Geography of Western Sahara|
(Algeria 42 km, Mauritania 1,561 km, Morocco 443 km)
|Highest point||unnamed elevation
|Lowest point||Sebjet Tah, -55 m|
Total: 266,060 km², about the size of Colorado
- land: 266,000 km²
- water: 0 km²
- 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 805 m
Natural resources 
phosphates, iron ore, fishing resources on Atlantic Ocean coast
Land use 
Arable land: 0.02%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 99.98% (2005)
Irrigated land: NA km²
Natural hazards 
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.
Hot, dry desert; rain is rare; cold offshore air currents produce fog and heavy dew.
Current issues 
sparse water and lack of arable land
Extreme points 
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 points – the border with Morocco*
- Eastern-most points – the northern section of the border with Mauritania/Algeria**
- Southernmost point – the southern tip of Ras Nouadhibou/(Cap Blanc)
- Westernmost 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