Maldives Map of the Islands and Atolls

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Maldives Map of the Islands and Atolls

The Maldives Islands are an archipelago made up of 1,192 coral islands spread over a chain of 26 atolls. It is the most geographically diverse country in the world. In this short article we have complied a series of detailed Maldives maps to help you decide which of the islands is the one for you.

Overview

Republic of the Maldives is a sovereign archipelagic nation positioned in the Indian Ocean. Notably the South Asian Island nation has no counterpart in the entire world in terms of its unique geography and topography. The Maldives encompass more than 99 % of the sea and less than 1 % of the land. The 99 % of the sea is home to one of the most diverse marine treasures of the world. The Maldives comprises of 26 natural atolls consisting of dual island chains.

The Maldives is located on top of a vast underwater mountain range and has around 1,190 islands and sandbanks. The pearl string-like islands cover a land area of no less than 298 km2.  All the islands are encircled by a lagoon blessed with crystal-clear water. These islands are protected by a reef structure, housing one of the most exclusive and spectacular underwater life.

Maldives POSITION IN THE WORLD

Maldives Map

 

individual MALDIVES resorts and islands

The Maldives are formed by a number of natural atolls plus atolls in the form of a few islands and isolated reefs today which form a pattern stretching from 7 degrees 10′ North to 0 degrees 45′ South.

The Maldives is a long and narrow country formed by 26 natural atolls. Some atolls are in the form of a number of islands by time and in the form of isolated reefs, which could be classified as smaller atoll formations. All land above the surface in the Maldives is of coralline origin. The atolls of the Maldives form a quite regular chain and, especially in the northern and central atolls, an arrayed structure is apparent. There are broad and deep channels in between some atolls.

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