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    Malta Geography - 2003
    https://theodora.com/wfb2003/malta/malta_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy)


      Geographic coordinates: 35 50 N, 14 35 E


      Map references: Europe


      Area: total: 316 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 316 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly less than twice the size of Washington, DC


      Land boundaries: 0 km


      Coastline: 196.8 km (does not include 56.01 km for the island of Gozo)


      Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      exclusive fishing zone: 25 NM
      continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation


      Climate: Mediterranean with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers


      Terrain: mostly low, rocky, flat to dissected plains; many coastal cliffs


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Ta'Dmejrek 253 m (near Dingli)


      Natural resources: limestone, salt, arable land


      Land use: arable land: 31.25%
      permanent crops: 3.13%
      other: 65.62% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: 20 sq km (1998 est.)


      Natural hazards: NA


      Environment - current issues: very limited natural fresh water resources; increasing reliance on desalination


      Environment - international agreements: party to: Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements


      Geography - note: the country comprises an archipelago, with only the three largest islands (Malta, Ghawdex or Gozo, and Kemmuna or Comino) being inhabited; numerous bays provide good harbors; Malta and Tunisia are discussing the commercial exploitation of the continental shelf between their countries, particularly for oil exploration


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

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