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Malaysia Geography 2017
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SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Malaysia Geography 2017
SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on January 12, 2017

Location:
Southeastern Asia, peninsula bordering Thailand and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia, Brunei, and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam

Geographic coordinates:
2 30 N, 112 30 E

Map references:
Southeast Asia

Area:
total: 329,847 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 328,657 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 1,190 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 67

Area - comparative:
slightly larger than New Mexico
Area comparison map: slightly larger than New Mexico

Land boundaries:
total: 2,742 km
border countries (3): Brunei 266 km, Indonesia 1,881 km, Thailand 595 km
[see also: Land boundaries country ranks ]

Coastline:
4,675 km (Peninsular Malaysia 2,068 km, East Malaysia 2,607 km)
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation; specified boundary in the South China Sea

Climate:
tropical; annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons

Terrain:
coastal plains rising to hills and mountains

Elevation:
mean elevation: 419 m
[see also: Mean Elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes: lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m highest point: Gunung Kinabalu 4,100 m

Natural resources:
tin, petroleum, timber, copper, iron ore, natural gas, bauxite

Land use:
agricultural land: 23.2% arable land 2.9%; permanent crops 19.4%; permanent pasture 0.9%
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
forest: 62%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 14.8% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
3,800 sq km (2012)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Natural hazards:
flooding; landslides; forest fires

Environment - current issues:
air pollution from industrial and vehicular emissions; water pollution from raw sewage; deforestation; smoke/haze from Indonesian forest fires

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, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography - note:
strategic location along Strait of Malacca and southern South China Sea


NOTE: The information regarding Malaysia on this page is re-published from the 2017 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Malaysia Geography 2017 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Malaysia Geography 2017 should be addressed to the CIA.




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