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Geography of Jordan


Situated in southwest Asia, Jordan has an area of 92,300 sq km (35,637 sq mi). Jordan extends 562 km (349 mi) northeast to southwest, and 349 km (217 mi) southeast to northwest.

Comparatively, the area occupied by Jordan is slightly smaller than the state of Indiana. It is bounded on the north by Syria, on the northeast by Iraq, on the east and south by Saudi Arabia, on the southwest by the Gulf of Aqaba, and on the west by Israel, with a total land boundary length of 1,635 km (1,016 mi) and a coastline of 26 km (16 mi).

Jordan's capital city, Amman, is located in the northwestern part of the country.

The Jordan Valley has a maximum depression of 392 m (1,286 ft) below sea level at the Dead Sea; south of the Dead Sea the depression, called Wadi'Araba, slowly rises to reach sea level about halfway to the Gulf of Aqaba.

To the east of the Jordan River, the Transjordanian plateaus have an average altitude of 910 m (3,000 ft), with hills rising to more than 1,650 m (5,400 ft) in the south. Farther eastward, the highlands slope down gently toward the desert, which constitutes 88% of the East Bank. The Jordan River enters the country from Israel to the north and flows into the Dead Sea; its main tributary is the Yarmuk, which near its juncture forms the border between Jordan and Syria. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on the earth's surface, at 408 m (1,339 ft) below the level of the Mediterranean. The Dead Sea has a mineral content of about 30%.

The Jordan Valley has little rainfall, intense summer heat, and mild, pleasant winters. The hill country of the East Bank - ancient Moab, Edom and Gilead - has a modified Mediterranean climate, with less rainfall and hot, dry summers. The desert regions are subject to great extremes of temperature and receive rainfall of less than 20 cm (8 in) annually, while the rest of the country has an average rainfall of up to 58 cm (23 in) a year. Temperatures at 'Amman range from about 4°C (39°F) in winter to more than 32°C (90°F) in summer.


Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia

Geographic coordinates
31 00 N, 36 00 E

Map references
Middle East

total: 92,300 sq km
land: 91,971 sq km
water: 329 sq km

Area - comparative
slightly smaller than Indiana

Land boundaries
total: 1,635 km

border countries
Iraq 181 km, Israel 238 km, Saudi Arabia 744 km, Syria 375 km, West Bank 97 km

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