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    Sri Lanka Geography - 2006

      Southern Asia, island in the Indian Ocean, south of India

      Geographic coordinates:
      7 00 N, 81 00 E

      Map references:

      total: 65,610 sq km
      land: 64,740 sq km
      water: 870 sq km

      Area - comparative:
      slightly larger than West Virginia

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      1,340 km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 12 nm
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin

      tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to March); southwest monsoon (June to October)

      mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Pidurutalagala 2,524 m

      Natural resources:
      limestone, graphite, mineral sands, gems, phosphates, clay, hydropower

      Land use:
      arable land: 13.96%
      permanent crops: 15.24%
      other: 70.8% (2005)

      Irrigated land:
      7,430 sq km (2003)

      Natural hazards:
      occasional cyclones and tornadoes

      Environment - current issues:
      deforestation; soil erosion; wildlife populations threatened by poaching and urbanization; coastal degradation from mining activities and increased pollution; freshwater resources being polluted by industrial wastes and sewage runoff; waste disposal; air pollution in Colombo

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Marine Life Conservation

      Geography - note:
      strategic location near major Indian Ocean sea lanes

      NOTE: The information regarding Sri Lanka on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Sri Lanka Geography 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Sri Lanka Geography 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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