Jordan the Country Essay

1025 Words Dec 5th, 2010 5 Pages
Part 1: Jordan | | Jordan is a moderately small country that is located at the junction of the Levantine and Arabian areas of the Middle East. It is surrounded by the deserts of the Middle East. The Jordanian country is bordered with Saudi Arabia to the southeast, with Iraq to the east with Syria to the north and with the occupied West Bank and Israel to the west. However, Jordan, West Bank and Israel are sharing control of the Dead Sea. Although, Jordan’s only opening to the Red Sea, is through the Gulf of Aqaba, which is to the south. The only coastline that Jordan has is about 16 miles/26 kilometers in length and this is located on the Gulf of Aqaba. Jordan occupies an area of approximately 96,188 square kilometers/37.138394 …show more content…
The winter months start from November and end in April, this period of time can be very cold, especially in Amman, with snow, rain and winds, but there is little rainfall in the desert regions and in Aqaba, which makes a pleasant wintertime resort. Moreover, the Jordan's agriculture suffered a severe drop after the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank. This area contained almost half of the Jordanians agricultural land. Prior to the war with Israel, the West Bank produced about 25 percent of Jordan's grain, 40 percent of its vegetables and 70 percent of its fruits. The proportion of the work force employed in agriculture took a server declined from 37 percent in 1965 to 7 percent in 1987. Just about 5 percent of Jordan's remaining land is fit for the growing of crops and irrigation is often a crisis because the entire area is dependent on a rainfall. The major grain crops are wheat and barley, however these need to be seriously supplemented by overseas imports. A number of fruit crops are grown for export and these include olives, almonds, figs, grapes and apricots. The main vegetable plants are cucumber and tomatoes. In addition, the major livestock is the sheep, however, cattle, goats and poultry are also raised but not as much as sheep. On the other hand, Jordan's economy also suffered a harsh setback with the loss of the West Bank in 1967. The West Bank was the nation's richest, most productive area in Jordan. It contained roughly 50
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