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Palau Geography 1996

    • Location:
      Oceania, group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines

    • Map references:

    • Area:

        total area:
        458 sq km

        land area:
        458 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly more than 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      1,519 km

    • Maritime claims:

        continental shelf:
        200-m depth or to depth of exploitation

        exclusive fishing zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        3 nm

    • International disputes:

    • Climate:
      wet season May to November; hot and humid

    • Terrain:
      about 200 islands varying geologically from the high, mountainous main island of Babelthuap to low, coral islands usually fringed by large barrier reefs

    • Natural resources:
      forests, minerals (especially gold), marine products, deep-seabed minerals

    • Land use:

        arable land:

        permanent crops:

        meadows and pastures:

        forest and woodland:


    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        inadequate facilities for disposal of solid waste; threats to the marine ecosystem from sand and coral dredging and illegal fishing practices that involve the use of dynamite

        natural hazards:
        typhoons (June to December)

        international agreements:

    • Note:
      includes World War II battleground of Beliliou (Peleliu) and world-famous rock islands; archipelago of six island groups totaling over 200 islands in the Caroline chain

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