The territory of Jordan covers about 91,880 square kilometers.
Until 1988, when King Hussein relinquished Jordan's claim to the
West Bank, that area was considered part of Jordan, although only
officially recognized as such by Britain and Pakistan. At that time
the West Bank--which encompasses about 5,880 square kilometers--had
been under Israeli occupation since the June 1967 War between
Israel and the states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.
Jordan is landlocked except at its southern extremity, where
nearly twenty-six kilometers of shoreline along the Gulf of Aqaba
provide access to the Red Sea. A great north-south geological rift,
forming the depression of Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee), the
Jordan Valley, and the Dead Sea, is the dominant topographical
Data as of December 1989