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Palau: Geography#

LocationOceania, group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines
Geographic Coordinates7 30 N, 134 30 E 7.5,134.5
Area total: 459 sq km
land: 459 sq km
water: 0 sq km
We are unable to verify those figures from Factbook, since the 6 main sources we used for checking give different figures as follows:
Factbook: 459
DBpedia: 458
Geoname: 458
Infoplease: 458
Britannica: 488
Wolfram: 459

Attempted Explanation: Please help us to try to explain the discrepancies by sending us helpful information to office@global-geography.org
Land boundaries0 km
Coastline1,519 km
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Mount Ngerchelchuus 242 m
Highest Mountains
Terrainvarying geologically from the high, mountainous main island of Babelthuap to low, coral islands usually fringed by large barrier reefs
Natural Hazardstyphoons (June to December)
Natural Resourceforests, minerals (especially gold), marine products, deep-seabed minerals
Land Usearable land: 2.17%
permanent crops: 4.35%
other: 93.48% (2011)
Climatetropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November
Irrigated LandNA
Renewable Water ResourcesNA
Environment_CurrentIssuesinadequate facilities for disposal of solid waste; threats to the marine ecosystem from sand and coral dredging, illegal fishing practices, and overfishing
Environment - international agreementsparty to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
Large CitiesGeography-notewesternmost archipelago in the Caroline chain, consists of six island groups totaling more than 300 islands; includes World War II battleground of Beliliou (Peleliu) and world-famous rock islands