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    Palau Geography 2000

      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: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, 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

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