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Geography of East Timor

Geography of East Timor
from the CIA World Factbook

Location: Southeastern Asia, northwest of Australia in the Lesser Sunda Islands[?] at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago; note - East Timor includes the eastern half of the island of Timor, the Ocussi-Ambeno region on the northwest portion of the island of Timor, and the islands of Pulau Atauro and Pulau Jaco

Geographic coordinates: 8°50' S, 125°55' E

Map references: Southeast Asia


total: 15,007 sq km
land: NA sq km
water: NA sq km

Area - comparative: slightly larger than Connecticut

Land boundaries:

total: 228 km
border countries: Indonesia 228 km

Coastline: 706 km

Maritime claims:
contiguous zone: NA NM
extended fishing zone: NA NM
territorial sea: NA NM
exclusive fishing zone: NA NM
continental shelf: NA NM
exclusive economic zone: NA NM

Climate: tropical; hot, humid; distinct rainy and dry seasons

Terrain: mountainous

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Timor Sea[?], Savu Sea[?], and Banda Sea[?] 0 m
highest point: Foho Tatamailau[?] 2,963 m

Natural resources: gold, petroleum, natural gas, manganese, marble

Land use:
arable land: NA%
other: NA%
permanent crops: NA%

Irrigated land: 1,065 sq km (est.)

Natural hazards: floods and landslides are common; earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones

Environment - current issues: widespread use of slash and burn agriculture has led to deforestation and soil erosion

Environment - international agreements: NA

Geography - note: Timor is the Malay word for "Orient"; the island of Timor is part of the Malay Archipelago and is the largest and easternmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands

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