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    Malawi Geography - 2003
    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/malawi/malawi_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Southern Africa, east of Zambia


      Geographic coordinates: 13 30 S, 34 00 E


      Map references: Africa


      Area: total: 118,480 sq km
      water: 24,400 sq km
      land: 94,080 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Pennsylvania


      Land boundaries: total: 2,881 km
      border countries: Mozambique 1,569 km, Tanzania 475 km, Zambia 837 km


      Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)


      Maritime claims: none (landlocked)


      Climate: sub-tropical; rainy season (November to May); dry season (May to November)


      Terrain: narrow elongated plateau with rolling plains, rounded hills, some mountains


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: junction of the Shire River and international boundary with Mozambique 37 m
      highest point: Sapitwa (Mount Mlanje) 3,002 m


      Natural resources: limestone, arable land, hydropower, unexploited deposits of uranium, coal, and bauxite


      Land use: arable land: 19.93%
      permanent crops: 1.33%
      other: 78.74% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: 280 sq km (1998 est.)


      Natural hazards: NA


      Environment - current issues: deforestation; land degradation; water pollution from agricultural runoff, sewage, industrial wastes; siltation of spawning grounds endangers fish populations


      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Life Conservation, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea


      Geography - note: landlocked; Lake Nyasa, some 580 km long, is the country's most prominent physical feature


      NOTE: The information regarding Malawi on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Malawi Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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