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Malawi Geography 2011
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SOURCE: 2011 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


















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Page last updated on January 13, 2011

Location:
Southern Africa, east of Zambia

Geographic coordinates:
13 30 S, 34 00 E

Map references:
Africa

Area:
total: 118,484 sq km
country comparison to the world: 99
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 94,080 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 24,404 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]

Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than Pennsylvania

Land boundaries:
total: 2,881 km
[see also: Land boundaries - total country ranks ]
border countries: Mozambique 1,569 km, Tanzania 475 km, Zambia 837 km

Coastline:
0 km (landlocked)
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
none (landlocked)

Climate:
sub-tropical; rainy season (November to May); dry season (May to November)

Terrain:
narrow elongated plateau with rolling plains, rounded hills, some mountains

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: junction of the Shire River and international boundary with Mozambique 37 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - lowest point country ranks ]
highest point: Sapitwa (Mount Mlanje) 3,002 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - highest point country ranks ]

Natural resources:
limestone, arable land, hydropower, unexploited deposits of uranium, coal, and bauxite

Land use:
arable land: 20.68%
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 1.18%
[see also: Land use - permanent crops country ranks ]
other: 78.14% (2005)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
560 sq km (2003)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Total renewable water resources:
17.3 cu km (2001)
[see also: Total renewable water resources country ranks ]

Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
total: 1.01 cu km/yr (15%/5%/80%)
[see also: Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural) - total country ranks ]
per capita: 78 cu m/yr (2000)
[see also: Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural) - per capita country ranks ]

Natural hazards:
NA

Environment - current issues:
deforestation; land degradation; water pollution from agricultural runoff, sewage, industrial wastes; siltation of spawning grounds endangers fish populations

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

Geography - note:
landlocked; Lake Nyasa, some 580 km long, is the country's most prominent physical feature


NOTE: The information regarding Malawi on this page is re-published from the 2011 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Malawi Geography 2011 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Malawi Geography 2011 should be addressed to the CIA.



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