Western Sahara


Western Sahara Terrain: mostly low, flat desert with large areas of rocky or sandy surfaces rising to small mountains in south and northeast;

Natural Resources: phosphates, iron ore;

Natural Hazards: hot, dry, dust/sand-laden sirocco wind can occur during winter and spring; widespread harmattan haze exists 60% of time, often severely restricting visibility;

Population: 538,811 (July 2013 est.)
note: estimate is based on projections by age, sex, fertility, mortality, and migration; fertility and mortality are based on data from neighboring countries (July 2013 est.)