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Morocco: Geography#

LocationNorthern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Western Sahara
Geographic Coordinates32 00 N, 5 00 W 32.0,-5.0
Area total: 446,550 sq km
land: 446,300 sq km
water: 250 sq km
We are unable to verify those figures from Factbook, since the 6 main sources we used for checking give different figures as follows:
Factbook: 446550
DBpedia: 446550
Geoname: 446550
Infoplease: 446550
Britannica: 442300
Wolfram: 446550

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Land boundariestotal: 2,020.5 km
border countries: Algeria 1,559 km, Western Sahara 443 km, Spain (Ceuta) 8 km, Spain (Melilla) 10.5 km
note: an additional 75-meter border segment exists between Morocco and the Spanish exclave of Penon de Velez de la Gomera
Coastline1,835 km
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Sebkha Tah -55 m
highest point: Jebel Toubkal 4,165 m
Highest MountainsDue to difference in mountain rankings taken from two data sources we are listing here both lists :
According to Wolfram: Toubkal 4167 m; Timesguida 4089 m; Ras N'ouanoukrim 4083 m; M'Goun 4068 m; Jbel Mgoum 4065 m
According to Geonames: Jebel Toubkal 4167 m; Ouanoukrim 4080 m; Ighil Mgoun 4068 m; Jbel n’ Nig Oumassine 3883 m; Aksoual 3842 m

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Important Mountains
Terrainnorthern coast and interior are mountainous with large areas of bordering plateaus, intermontane valleys, and rich coastal plains
Natural Hazardsnorthern mountains geologically unstable and subject to earthquakes; periodic droughts
Natural Resourcephosphates, iron ore, manganese, lead, zinc, fish, salt
Land Usearable land: 17.79%
permanent crops: 2.6%
other: 79.61% (2011)
ClimateMediterranean, becoming more extreme in the interior
Irrigated Land14,850 sq km (2004)
Renewable Water Resources29 cu km (2011)
Environment_CurrentIssuesland degradation/desertification (soil erosion resulting from farming of marginal areas, overgrazing, destruction of vegetation); water supplies contaminated by raw sewage; siltation of reservoirs; oil pollution of coastal waters
Environment - international agreementsparty to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: Environmental Modification
Large CitiesDue to difference in city rankings taken from two data sources we are listing here both lists :
According to Wolfram: Casablanca; Rabat; Fez; Marrakech; Agadir
According to Geonames: Casablanca; Rabat; Fès; Sale; Marrakesh

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Important Cities
Geography-notestrategic location along Strait of Gibraltar