Libya Geography

What is the terrain and geography like in Libya?

Geography - note:

more than 90% of the country is desert or semidesert

Climate:

Mediterranean along coast; dry, extreme desert interior

Libya Use of Natural Resources

Libya Environment

Climate:

Mediterranean along coast; dry, extreme desert interior

Terrain:

mostly barren, flat to undulating plains, plateaus, depressions

Natural Resources:

petroleum, natural gas, gypsum

Natural Hazards:

hot, dry, dust-laden ghibli is a southern wind lasting one to four days in spring and fall; dust storms, sandstorms

Irrigated Land:

1,815 Square Miles
4,700 Square Kilometers

Environmental Issues:

desertification; very limited natural fresh water resources; the Great Manmade River Project, the largest water development scheme in the world, is being built to bring water from large aquifers under the Sahara to coastal cities

Environment - International Agreements:

party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands

signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea

Libya Geography

Geographic Location Africa
Total Area 679,358 Square Miles
1,759,540 Square Kilometers
Land Area 679,358 Square Miles
1,759,540 Square Kilometers
Land Boundaries 2,702 Miles
4,348 Kilometers
Irrigated Land 1,815 Square Miles
4,700 Square Kilometers
Border Countries Algeria 982 km, Chad 1,055 km, Egypt 1,115 km, Niger 354 km, Sudan 383 km, Tunisia 459 km
Coastline 1,100 Miles
1,770 Kilometers
Geographic Coordinates 25 00 N, 17 00 E
Terrain mostly barren, flat to undulating plains, plateaus, depressions
Highest Point 2,267 Meters
Highest Point Location Bikku Bitti 2,267 m
Lowest Point -47 Meters
Lowest Point Location Sabkhat Ghuzayyil -47 m
Natural Resources petroleum, natural gas, gypsum
Time Zone UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
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