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Maldives: Geography#

LocationSouthern Asia, group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India
Geographic Coordinates3 15 N, 73 00 E 3.25,73.0
Area total: 298 sq km
land: 298 sq km
water: 0 sq km
[Verified in 8 databases]
Land boundaries0 km
Coastline644 km
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed location on Viligili in the Addu Atholhu 2.4 m
Highest Mountains
Terrainflat, with white sandy beaches
Natural Hazardstsunamis; low elevation of islands makes them sensitive to sea level rise
Natural Resourcefish
Land Usearable land: 10%
permanent crops: 10%
other: 80% (2011)
Climatetropical; hot, humid; dry, northeast monsoon (November to March); rainy, southwest monsoon (June to August)
Irrigated Land0 sq km NA (2003)
Renewable Water Resources0.03 cu km (2011)
Environment_CurrentIssuesdepletion of freshwater aquifers threatens water supplies; global warming and sea level rise; coral reef bleaching
Environment - international agreementsparty 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
Large CitiesDue to difference in city rankings taken from two data sources we are listing here both lists :
According to Wolfram: Male; Hithadhoo; Fuvammulah; Kulhudhuffushi; Thinadhoo
According to Geonames: Male; Fuvammulah; Hithadhoo; Kulhudhuffushi; Thinadhoo

Attempted Explanation: Please help us to try to explain the discrepancies by sending us helpful information to office@global-geography.org
Important Cities
Geography-notesmallest 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