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    Palau Geography - 2006

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

      Geographic coordinates:
      7 30 N, 134 30 E

      Map references:

      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

      1,519 km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 3 nm
      exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm

      tropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November

      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 Ngerchelchuus 242 m

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

      Land use:
      arable land: 8.7%
      permanent crops: 4.35%
      other: 86.95% (2005)

      Irrigated land:

      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: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note:
      westernmost archipelago in the Caroline chain, consists of six island groups totaling more than 300 islands; includes World War II battleground of Beliliou (Peleliu) and world-famous rock islands

      NOTE: The information regarding Palau on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Palau Geography 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Palau Geography 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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