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    East Timor Geography - 2003

      Location: Southeastern Asia, northwest of Australia in the Lesser Sunda Islands at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago; note - East Timor includes the eastern half of the island of Timor, the Oecussi (Ambeno) region on the northwest portion of the island of Timor, and the islands of Pulau Atauro and Pulau Jaco

      Geographic coordinates: 8 50 S, 125 55 E

      Map references: Southeast Asia

      Area: total: 15,007 sq km
      land: NA sq km
      water: NA sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly larger than Connecticut

      Land boundaries: total: 228 km
      border countries: Indonesia 228 km

      Coastline: 706 km

      Maritime claims: contiguous zone: NA NM
      extended fishing zone: NA NM
      territorial sea: NA NM
      exclusive fishing zone: NA NM
      continental shelf: NA NM
      exclusive economic zone: NA NM

      Climate: tropical; hot, humid; distinct rainy and dry seasons

      Terrain: mountainous

      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Timor Sea, Savu Sea, and Banda Sea 0 m
      highest point: Foho Tatamailau 2,963 m

      Natural resources: gold, petroleum, natural gas, manganese, marble

      Land use: arable land: NA%
      other: NA%
      permanent crops: NA%

      Irrigated land: 1,065 sq km (est.)

      Natural hazards: floods and landslides are common; earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones

      Environment - current issues: widespread use of slash and burn agriculture has led to deforestation and soil erosion

      Environment - international agreements: NA

      Geography - note: Timor comes from the Malay word for "Orient;" the island of Timor is part of the Malay Archipelago and is the largest and easternmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands

      NOTE: The information regarding East Timor on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about East Timor Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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