Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Iraq
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Date trees along the Euphrates
Iraq sits in the heart of the Middle East and has, for centuries
been the center of the region. This nearly landlocked country has borders with Syria to the northwest, Jordan to
the west, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
to the south, Iran to the east, and Turkey
to the north. Where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers drain into the Persian Gulf,
Iraq holds a very small bit of coastline on this body of water.
In the southwestern part of the country, it is primarily desert and this consists
of nearly half the country. In the northeast Iraq has a bit
of the Zagros Mountains, although these mountains are primarily in
Iran and create a border with that country. Finally, running from the northwest
to the southeast are the Tigris & Euphrates Rivers. These rivers create a lush
basin, at times even swampy, which allows great human development and most of the
population lives in this long basin. As these rivers reach the Persian Gulf the
land becomes more swamp-like.