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    Malaysia Geography - 1991

      Total area: 329,750 km2
      land area: 328,550 km2

      Comparative area: slightly larger than New Mexico

      Land boundaries: 2,669 km total
      Brunei 381 km, Indonesia 1,782, Thailand 506 km

      Coastline: 4,675 km total (2,068 km Peninsular Malaysia, 2,607 km East Malaysia)

      Maritime claims: Continental shelf: 200 m (depth) or to depth of exploitation, specified boundary in the South China Sea
      Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
      Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: involved in a complex dispute over the Spratly Islands with China, Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam; state of Sabah claimed by the Philippines; Brunei may wish to purchase the Malaysian salient that divides Brunei into two parts

      Climate: tropical; annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons

      Terrain: coastal plains rising to hills and mountains

      Natural resources: tin, crude oil, timber, copper, iron ore, natural gas, bauxite

      Land use: arable land 3%; permanent crops 10%; meadows and pastures NEGL%; forest and woodland 63%; other 24%; includes irrigated 1%

      Environment: subject to flooding; air and water pollution

      Note: strategic location along Strait of Malacca and southern South China Sea

      NOTE: The information regarding Malaysia on this page is re-published from the 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Malaysia Geography 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Malaysia Geography 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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