Libya is situated on
the coast of North Africa and is the fourth largest country on the continent.
It borders with Egypt in the east, Sudan in the southeast, Chad and Niger in
the south, Algeria to the west and Tunisia in the northwest and the
Mediterranean Sea in the north.
Libya forms part of the North African
plateau extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. The highest point is
10,335 ft, a peak in the extreme south. The main geographical areas are
Tripolitania, Cyrenaica, and Fezzan. Tripolitania consists of a series of
terraces rising slowly from sea level along the coastal plain of the Jafara to
sharp escarpments commonly called the Jabal. These are the most important
agricultural areas of Tripolitania. South of the Jabal is an upland plateau of
sand, scrub and scattered masses of stone. Further south are depressions
extending from east to west. Here are found many oases and artesian wells. An
upland plateau rising to 2,000 ft gives a rugged coastline to Cyrenaica. This
plateau, the Green Mountain (Jabal Akhdar) contains three of Libya's leading
cities - Benghazi, El Bayda and Darnah. Further south, the desert is studded
with oases such as Jalu and Jaghbub. South of Cyrenaica are the Tibesti
Mountains. The Fezzan is largely a series of depressions with occasional oases.
There are no perennial rivers in the whole country.
|The Africa Guide's recommended Book
Pocket Guide (amazon.co.uk) - UK
covers all the main sights, area by
area, in a handy, compact format. Descriptions of tourist attractions include
Tripoli's medina, markets and National Museum, the magnificent Roman cities of
Leptis Magna and Sabratha, the imposing Greek city of Cyrene and its harbour
Apollonia, the Ubari Lakes and rock art of the Fezzan region.
|The Africa Guide's recommended
|| Libya Folded Map (Maps Worldwide)
Published by Institut Geographique
National (IGN) - Countries and Cities of the World
Road map of Gabon with
place name index and town map of Libreville. .