Texas vs Iraq

I keep reading that Iraq, variously, is either as big as Texas, twice as big, or half again as big. That didn’t seem right, so I searched the Web. That didn’t help much as I kept running into similar comparisons–all to the effect that Iraq is bigger. Finally, I found the National Georgraphic’s site with a square mileage comparison: Iraq, with about 168,000 square miles, is 62 percent the size of Texas, with 268,000 square miles. That’s more like it. Of course, much of Iraq is desert. But, then, so is much of Texas.

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