Location: Northern Africa
Geographic coordinates: 25 00 N, 17 00 E
Area: 1,759,540 sq km
Coastline: 1,770 km
Maritime claims: 12 nm
Libya can be affected by five different climatic areas at any one time but the prevailing zones are considered the Mediterranean and Saharan climates. Closer to the coast the weather is warmer and stable but farther inland temperature can reach over 50 C. Due to Libya's desert like climate for most of the country, rainfall is sparse, often receiving under 400mm a year and in some areas even less than 50mm annually.
The Libyan terrain is mostly flat desert plains with depressions and mountains in certain areas. Less than 1% of the entire landmass in Libya is considered arable land.
Natural resources: petroleum, natural gas,
Natural hazards: dust storms, sandstorms, drought