Maldives - Geography and Maps
Maldives is located south of India and consists of two rows of atolls in the Indian Ocean, just across the equator. The atolls are made up of 1,190 coral islands. Each atoll is made up of a coral reef encircling a lagoon with deep channels. Within the reefs are various types of underwater creatures and beautiful, vibrant coral. The reefs also serve as protection against the wind and waves of the surrounding ocean.
Maldives is the smallest country in Asia in both physical size and population. The population of Maldives is 341,356, with people being spread around 200 inhabited islands. Approximately ninety of these islands have been developed as tourist resorts. Many of the other islands are used strictly for agriculture of for other natural resources purposes. The capital of Maldives is Malé which houses around one-third of the entire population. Malé serves as the centre of government, trade, commerce, business, health and education. The administration of Maldives is divided into nineteen different divisions.
The islands of Maldives are very low lying. There are no hills on the islands, only small dunes which reach approximately 2.4m (8 ft) above sea level, making Maldives the lowest country in the world. Although 99% of Maldives is made up of sea, the islands are too small to accommodate rivers. They do however have some small lakes and marshes, but that is not on every island.
Maldives Travel Information
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Learn about the history and culture of Maldives, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Maldives's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Maldives for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Maldives vacations today!
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