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    Palau Geography 1998
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb1998/palau/palau_geography.html
    SOURCE: 1998 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location Oceania, group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines

      Geographic coordinates 7 30 N, 134 30 E

      Map references Oceania

      Area
      total: 458 sq km
      land: 458 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly more than 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 1,519 km

      Maritime claims
      continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
      exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm
      extended fishing zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 3 nm

      Climate wet season May to November; hot and humid

      Terrain varying geologically from the high, mountainous main island of Babelthuap to low, coral islands usually fringed by large barrier reefs

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mount Ngerchelchauus 242 m

      Natural resources forests, minerals (especially gold), marine products, deep-seabed minerals

      Land use
      arable land: NA%
      permanent crops: NA%
      permanent pastures: NA%
      forests and woodland: NA%
      other: NA%

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards typhoons (June to December)

      Environment - current issues inadequate facilities for disposal of solid waste; threats to the marine ecosystem from sand and coral dredging, illegal fishing practices, and overfishing

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Law of the Sea
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note includes World War II battleground of Beliliou (Peleliu) and world-famous rock islands; archipelago of six island groups totaling over 200 islands in the Caroline chain

      NOTE: The information regarding Palau on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Palau Geography 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Palau Geography 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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