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|In Amman, Jordan for IPC10|
|Written by Cathe' Fish|
|Thursday, 15 September 2011 21:55|
Jordan is a relatively small country, bordered on the north by Syria, to the east by Iraq, and by Saudi Arabia on the east and south. To the west is Israel and the West Bank, while Jordan’s only outlet to the sea at the Gulf of Aqaba is to the south.
Jordan occupies an area of approximately 96,188 square kilometers or 37,138 square miles, including the Dead Sea, making it similar in size to Austria or Portugal.
As I mentioned in my first blog posting, I live in northern California in a Mediterranean climate. I landed at the Queen Alia Airport in Zizya, Jordan which is 32 km/20 miles south of Amman the capital and largest city of Jordan. One of the passengers on the shuttle to the hotel told me that Western Jordan where Amman is located has a Mediterranean climate with a semi-arid influence, having a hot dry summer, a cool wet winter and two short transitional seasons, right now being the beginning of the short autumn season. Amman, where the conference that is open to all is being held, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It receives about 270 mm or 32 inches of rain a year, in the winter. Amman spans 19 hills or little mountains that range in elevation from 740 to 1400 m (2035–3610 feet) .
¾ of Jordan has a desert climate with less than 200 mm or 8” of rain annually.
On the drive to the capital, we could see many olive groves along the highway, typical to many parts of the Mediterranean climate worldwide. Typically Mediterranean climates lie near 30° and 40° latitudes in the world’s north and south. Jordan lies at 32°.
If you are in Amman for the IPC10, find me to give me your thoughts about the Conference or Convergence for this blog.
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