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Maldives Geography 2018

SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











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


Page last updated on February 28, 2018

Location:
Southern Asia, group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India

Geographic coordinates:
3 15 N, 73 00 E

Map references:
Asia

Area:
total: 298 sq km
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land: 298 sq km
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water: 0 sq km
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country comparison to the world: 210

Area - comparative:
about 1.7 times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries:
0 km

Coastline:
644 km
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Maritime claims:
measured from claimed archipelagic straight baselines
territorial sea: 12 nm
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contiguous zone: 24 nm
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exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
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Climate:
tropical; hot, humid; dry, northeast monsoon (November to March); rainy, southwest monsoon (June to August)
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Terrain:
flat, with white sandy beaches

Elevation:
mean elevation: 1.8 m
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elevation extremes: lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m highest point: 8th tee, golf course, Villingi Island 5 m

Natural resources:
fish

Land use:
agricultural land: 23.3% arable land 10%; permanent crops 10%; permanent pasture 3.3%
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forest: 3%
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other: 73.7% (2011 est.)
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Irrigated land:
0 sq km (2012)
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Population - distribution:
about a third of the population lives in the centrally located capital city of Male and almost a tenth in southern Addu City; the remainder of the populace is spread over the 200 or so populated islands of the archipelago

Natural hazards:
tsunamis; low elevation of islands makes them sensitive to sea level rise

Environment - current issues:
depletion of freshwater aquifers threatens water supplies; coral reef bleaching

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

Geography - note:
smallest Asian country; archipelago of 1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls (200 inhabited islands, plus 80 islands with tourist resorts); strategic location astride and along major sea lanes in Indian Ocean


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Maldives 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 Maldives Geography 2018 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Maldives 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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