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    Maldives Geography - 2003
    https://theodora.com/wfb2003/maldives/maldives_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Southern Asia, group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India


      Geographic coordinates: 3 15 N, 73 00 E


      Map references: Asia


      Area: total: 300 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 300 sq km


      Area - comparative: about 1.7 times the size of Washington, DC


      Land boundaries: 0 km


      Coastline: 644 km


      Maritime claims: measured from claimed archipelagic baselines
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      contiguous zone: 24 NM


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


      Terrain: flat, with white sandy beaches


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: unnamed location on Wilingili island in the Addu Atoll 2.4 m


      Natural resources: fish


      Land use: arable land: 3.33%
      permanent crops: 6.67%
      other: 90% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: NA sq km


      Natural hazards: low level of islands makes them very sensitive to sea level rise


      Environment - current issues: depletion of freshwater aquifers threatens water supplies; global warming and sea level rise; coral reef bleaching


      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements


      Geography - note: 1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls (200 inhabited islands, plus 80 islands with tourist resorts); archipelago with strategic location astride and along major sea lanes in Indian Ocean


      NOTE: The information regarding Maldives 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 Maldives Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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