Syria. By Cadet Mullens.
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Area:185,180 sq km, slightly larger than North Dakota land: 184,050 sq km water: 1,130 sq km Terrain: primarily semiarid and desert plateau; narrow coastal plain; mountains in west. lowest point: unnamed location near Lake Tiberius -200 m highest point: Mount Hermon 2,814 m Climate: mostly desert; hot, dry, sunny summers (June to August) and mild, rainy winters (December to February) along coast; cold weather with snow or sleet periodically in Damascus.
unicameral People's Council or Majlis al-shaab (250 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms) elections: last held 2-3 March 2003 (next to be held NA 2007) election results: percent of vote by party - NPF 67%, independents 33%; seats by party - NPF 167, independents 83; note - the constitution guarantees that the Ba'th Party (part of the NPF alliance) receives one-half of the seats
A traditional method of plowing, near Menbij, Syria. Such methods are still used in countries where mechanized farming is rare, and in developing countries where mechanization is common but the animals can still be used on very small plots or where the ground is too muddy to support a tractor.