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Somalia, Land and Resources

Genale, Jubba, southern plateau, Gulf of Aden, sand dunes

Somalia has a long coastline, extending for 3,025 km (1,880 mi), but it has few natural harbors. A sandy coastal plain borders on the Gulf of Aden in the north. A series of mountain ranges, with average elevations between about 915 and 2,135 m (about 3,000 and 7,000 ft), dominates the northern part of the country. To the south, the interior consists of a rugged plateau, ranging in elevation from about 500 m (about 1,640 ft) in the north to less than 180 m (600 ft) in the south. In the south, a wide coastal plain, which has many sand dunes, borders on the Indian Ocean. The country’s two major rivers are found on the southern plateau, the Jubba (Genale) in the southern part and the Shabeelle (Shebele) River in the south central section.

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Genale, Jubba, southern plateau, Gulf of Aden, sand dunes, major rivers, Somalia, Indian Ocean, interior, north, Shabeelle

 
 

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