No Man%u2019s Land
- Roughly 30 percent of the Earthâ€™s surface is land. And where there is land, there is a nation (or multiple nations) ready to claim it as its own. In fact, some of the worldâ€™s strangest disputes have been over pieces of land so small as to inspire bemused disbelief. Outside of Antarctica, almost every square foot of land is claimed by at least one nation.Almost, because of an 800 square mile trapezoid-shaped piece of land call Bir Tawil.Bir Tawil sits between Egypt and Sudan, as pictured above. And neither country wants the land; in fact, either would be quite happy if the other took it. The area is landlocked and barren. The terrain is dry and mountainous and no one lives there permanently; a century ago, a tribe of nomads used the area as grazing lands, but that has long since changed. â€śBir Tawilâ€ť translates to â€śdeep water well,â€ť a name given to the area decades ago due to the presence of a well in the region (and literally nothing else), but even that well is long gone.
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