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Madagascar Geography 2018

SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Madagascar Geography 2018
SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 28, 2018

Location:
Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Mozambique

Geographic coordinates:
20 00 S, 47 00 E

Map references:
Africa

Area:
total: 587,041 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 581,540 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 5,501 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 48

Area - comparative:
almost four times the size of Georgia; slightly less than twice the size of Arizona

Land boundaries:
0 km

Coastline:
4,828 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
[see also: Maritime claims - territorial sea country ranks ]
contiguous zone: 24 nm
[see also: Maritime claims - contiguous zone country ranks ]
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
[see also: Maritime claims - exclusive economic zone country ranks ]
continental shelf: 200 nm or 100 nm from the 2,500-m isobath
[see also: Maritime claims - continental shelf country ranks ]

Climate:
tropical along coast, temperate inland, arid in south
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Terrain:
narrow coastal plain, high plateau and mountains in center

Elevation:
mean elevation: 615 m
[see also: Elevation - mean elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes: lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m highest point: Maromokotro 2,876 m

Natural resources:
graphite, chromite, coal, bauxite, rare earth elements, salt, quartz, tar sands, semiprecious stones, mica, fish, hydropower

Land use:
agricultural land: 71.1% arable land 6%; permanent crops 1%; permanent pasture 64.1%
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
forest: 21.5%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 7.4% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
10,860 sq km (2012)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Population - distribution:
most of population lives on the eastern half of the island; significant clustering is found in the central highlands and eastern coastline

Natural hazards:
periodic cyclones; drought; and locust infestation
volcanism: Madagascar's volcanoes have not erupted in historical times

Environment - current issues:
soil erosion results from deforestation and overgrazing; desertification; surface water contaminated with raw sewage and other organic wastes; several endangered species of flora and fauna unique to the island

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

Geography - note:
world's fourth-largest island; strategic location along Mozambique Channel; despite Madagascar’s close proximity to the African continent, ocean currents isolate the island resulting in high rates of endemic plant and animal species


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Madagascar on this page is re-published from the 2018 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Madagascar Geography 2018 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Madagascar Geography 2018 should be addressed to the CIA.
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  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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