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Madagascar Geography




Madagascar    Geography Top of Page
Location: Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Mozambique
Geographic coordinates: 20 00 S, 47 00 E
Map references: Africa
Area: total:  587,040 sq km

land:  581,540 sq km

water:  5,500 sq km
Area - comparative: slightly less than twice the size of Arizona
Land boundaries: 0 km
Coastline: 4,828 km
Maritime claims: contiguous zone:  24 NM

continental shelf:  200 NM or 100 NM from the 2,500-m deep isobath

exclusive economic zone:  200 NM

territorial sea:  12 NM
Climate: tropical along coast, temperate inland, arid in south
Terrain: narrow coastal plain, high plateau and mountains in center
Elevation extremes: lowest point:  Indian Ocean 0 m

highest point:  Maromokotro 2,876 m
Natural resources: graphite, chromite, coal, bauxite, salt, quartz, tar sands, semiprecious stones, mica, fish, hydropower
Land use: arable land:  4%

permanent crops:  1%

permanent pastures:  41%

forests and woodland:  40%

other:  14% (1993 est.)
Irrigated land: 10,870 sq km (1993 est.)
Natural hazards: periodic cyclones
Environment - current issues: soil erosion results from deforestation and overgrazing; desertification; surface water contaminated with raw sewage and other organic wastes; several species of flora and fauna unique to the island are endangered
Environment - international agreements: party to:  Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Life Conservation, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands

signed, but not ratified:  Law of the Sea
Geography - note: world's fourth-largest island; strategic location along Mozambique Channel

 

Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook








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