Situated on the
northwestern corner of Africa, Morocco is bordered with Algeria to the east and
southeast, Mauritania to the south and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean.
The country is divided into three natural regions; the fertile northern
coastal plaint along the Mediterranean which contains Er Rif, mountains varying
in elevation up to about 8,000 ft; the rich plateaus and lowlands lying between
the rugged Atlas mountains, which extend in three parallel ranges from the
Atlantic coast in the southwest to Algeria and the Mediterranean in the
northeast; and the semiarid area in southern and eastern Morocco, which merges
into the Sahara Desert, The Atlas Mountains, with an average elevation of
11,000 ft, contain some of the highest peaks of North Africa, including Mt.
Toubkal (13,665 ft), the highest of all. South of the Atlas lie the Anti-Atlas
Mountains, with volcanic Mt. Siroua (10,000 ft).
Morocco has the most
extensive river system in North Africa. Moroccan rivers generally flow
northwestward to the Atlantic or southeastward toward the Sahara; the Moulouya
is an exception, and flows 350 miles north-eastwards from the Atlas to the
Mediterranean. Principal rivers with outlets in the Atlantic are the Oumer
River, Sebou, Bou Regreg, Tensift, Draa and Sous. The Ziz and Gheris are the
main rivers flowing southward towards the Sahara.
point: Sebkha Tah -55m
Highest point: Jebel Toubkal
|The Africa Guide's recommended Book
||Morocco (Lonely Planet Country &
Regional Guides) - by
Heidi Edsall, Paula Hardy, Mara Vorhees
(amazon.com) - USA (amazon.co.uk) - Europe
8 Edition - released
|The Africa Guide's recommended
|| Morocco (Maps Worldwide)
GeoCenter International UK Ltd.
This series of maps at a scale of 1:800000
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route/holiday planning. Tourist attractions are marked; street plans included
and there is an index in a range of languages.