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    Palau Geography - 2003

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

      Geographic coordinates: 7 30 N, 134 30 E

      Map references: Oceania

      Area: total: 458 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 458 sq km

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

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 1,519 km

      Maritime claims: exclusive fishing zone: 12 NM
      territorial sea: 3 NM
      extended fishing zone: 200 NM

      Climate: wet season May to November; hot and humid

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

      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mount Ngerchelchuus 242 m

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

      Land use: arable land: 21.74%
      permanent crops: 0%
      other: 78.26% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: typhoons (June to December)

      Environment - current issues: inadequate facilities for disposal of solid waste; threats to the marine ecosystem from sand and coral dredging, illegal fishing practices, and overfishing

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

      Geography - note: westernmost archipelago in the Caroline chain, consists of six island groups totaling more than 300 islands; includes World War II battleground of Beliliou (Peleliu) and world-famous rock islands

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

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