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Malta: Geography#

LocationSouthern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy)
Geographic Coordinates35 50 N, 14 35 E 35.833332,14.583333
Area total: 316 sq km
land: 316 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: 316
DBpedia: 316
Geoname: 316
Infoplease: 321
Britannica: 315
Wolfram: 316

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Land boundaries0 km
Coastline196.8 km (excludes 56 km for the island of Gozo)
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
highest point: Ta'Dmejrek 253 m (near Dingli)
Highest Mountains
Terrainmostly low, rocky, flat to dissected plains; many coastal cliffs
Natural HazardsNA
Natural Resourcelimestone, salt, arable land
Land Usearable land: 28.12%
permanent crops: 4.06%
other: 67.81% (2011)
ClimateMediterranean; mild, rainy winters; hot, dry summers
Irrigated Land32 sq km (2007)
Renewable Water Resources0.05 cu km (2011)
Environment_CurrentIssueslimited natural freshwater resources; increasing reliance on desalination
Environment - international agreementsparty to: Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
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: Birkirkara; Mosta; Qormi; Zabbar; San Pawl il-Bahar
According to Geonames: Birkirkara; Qormi; Mosta; Zabbar; Valletta

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Important Cities
Geography-notethe country comprises an archipelago, with only the three largest islands (Malta, Ghawdex or Gozo, and Kemmuna or Comino) being inhabited; numerous bays provide good harbors; Malta and Tunisia are discussing the commercial exploitation of the continental shelf between their countries, particularly for oil exploration