Jordan - Geography and Maps
Jordan is a small country bordered by Syria in the north, Iraq to the east, Saudi Arabia to the east and to the south and by Israel in the west. The only outlet to the sea is through the Gulf of Aqaba in the south. Geographically, Jordan can be divided into three regions, the Jordan Valley, the Mountain Heights Plateau and the eastern desert or Badia region.
The Jordan Valley forms part of the Great Rift Valley of Africa. To the north is the Ghor, the most fertile part of the country, garnering the nickname the “food bowl” of Jordan. The Jordan River runs through the valley, ending at the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth’s surface. Completely landlocked, the salt content of the Dead Sea is eight times higher than any ocean and so it supports no indigenous plant or animal life.
The Mountain Heights Plateau is intersected by valleys and riverbeds that are known as wadis. The highlands have varied elevations ranging from 600-1,500 m (1,968.5-4,921 ft) and exist between the Jordan Valley and the eastern desert. The plateau hosts the majority of Jordan’s population centres. The northern highlands have higher elevations and cooler temperatures. The Sharra highlands are found to the south of the plateau.
The eastern desert, also known as the Badia Region makes up 75% of Jordan and is part of the North Arab Desert. It is home to Jordan’s most famous desert, the Rum Desert which hosts the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum is also known as The Valley of the Moon as it is a valley cut into sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan.
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