Iraq Created by Alex Craver
The Land • Iraq is in the middle east • The 2 major rivers are the Euphrates and the Tigris. Both of which run into the Persian Gulf. • Major cities are Baghdad, Mosul, Basra, Kirkuk, Irbil • Iraq is mostly desert. To the north east it becomes more mountainous closer to Iran. Northern Iraq is mountainous. • Total area of 438,317 sq km • Land= 437,367 sq km & water= 950 sq km
The Land Cont. • Bagdad is the capital of Iraq. • The highest point is an unnamed peak with a height of 3,611m • Lowest point is the Persian Gulf at 0m • Natural hazards can occur such as dust storms, sandstorms and floods.
Climate/Vegetation • Iraq is mostly desert. • Cool winters with dry, hot, cloudless summers • Northern mountains can have brutally cold winters with heavy snows. • The melting snow that runs off the mountains causes extensive flooding in central and southern Iraq.
Government • Iraq is now a parliamentary democracy. • Iraq is comprised of 18 governorates (muhafazat, singular - muhafazah) and 1 region*; Al Anbar, Al Basrah, Al Muthanna, Al Qadisiyah, An Najaf, Arbil, As Sulaymaniyah, At Ta'mim, Babil, Baghdad, Dahuk, DhiQar, Diyala, Karbala', Kurdistan Regional Government*, Maysan, Ninawa, Salah ad Din, and Wasit
Economy • Decreased attacks and an improved security environment are helping the economy grow. • Iraq’s government is trying to pass major policies to reform and develop the nation’s oil reserves. • Export partners: US 38.6%, India 12.2%, Italy 9.8%, South Korea 7.1% (As of 2008)
Culture • As of July 2009, there were 28,945,569 citizens. • 0-14 years: 38.8% (male 5,711,187/female 5,514,794) • 15-64 years: 58.2% (male 8,535,550/female 8,303,942) • 65 years and over: 3% (male 410,395/female 469,701) • Muslim 97% (Shia 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian or other 3%
Places to Visit • When in Iraq, visit the city of Bagdad
Works Cited • Web. 24 Mar. 2010. <http://patdollard.com/wp-content/uploads/070804_iraq_oil1.jpg>. • "CIA - The World Factbook -- Iraq." Welcome to the CIA Web Site Central Intelligence Agency. Web. 24 Mar. 2010. <https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/iz.html>.