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    Maldives Geography - 1989

      Total area: 300 km2
      land area: 300 km2

      Comparative area: slightly more than 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 644 km

      Maritime claims:
      @m5Exclusive fishing zone: about 100 nm (defined by geographic coordinates)
      @m5Extended economic zone: irregular polygon varying in breadth from about 35 nm to more than 300 nm
      @m5Territorial sea: irregular polygon varying in breadth from less than 3 nm to about 55 nm

      Climate: tropical; hot, humid; dry, northeast monsoon (November to March); rainy, southwest monsoon (June to August)

      Terrain: flat with elevations only as high as 2.5 meters

      Natural resources: fish

      Land use: 10% arable land; 0% permanent crops; 3% meadows and pastures; 3% forest and woodland; 84% other

      Environment: 1,200 coral islands grouped into 19 atolls

      Note: archipelago of strategic location astride and along major sea lanes in Indian Ocean

      NOTE: The information regarding Maldives on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Maldives Geography 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Maldives Geography 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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