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Malawi Geography 2018

SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











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


Page last updated on February 28, 2018

Location:
Southern Africa, east of Zambia, west and north of Mozambique

Geographic coordinates:
13 30 S, 34 00 E

Map references:
Africa

Area:
total: 118,484 sq km
[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 ]
country comparison to the world: 101

Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than Pennsylvania

Land boundaries:
total: 2,857 km
[see also: Land boundaries - total country ranks ]
border countries (3): Mozambique 1,498 km, Tanzania 512 km, Zambia 847 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)
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Terrain:
narrow elongated plateau with rolling plains, rounded hills, some mountains

Elevation:
mean elevation: 779 m
[see also: Elevation - mean elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes: lowest point: junction of the Shire River and international boundary with Mozambique 37 m highest point: Sapitwa (Mount Mlanje) 3,002 m

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

Land use:
agricultural land: 59.2% arable land 38.2%; permanent crops 1.4%; permanent pasture 19.6%
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
forest: 34%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 6.8% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
740 sq km (2012)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Population - distribution:
population density is highest south of Lake Nyasa

Natural hazards:
flooding; droughts; earthquakes

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; it contains more fish species than any other lake on earth


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Malawi 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 Malawi Geography 2018 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Malawi Geography 2018 should be addressed to the CIA.
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  a) The assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
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