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Satellite Image of Malosmadulu Atolls, Maldives

ASTER Satellite Image of Malosmadulu Atolls, Maldives

Satellite Image of Malosmadulu Atolls Maldives

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ASTER Satellite Image (15m) – Malosmadulu Atolls, Maldives, an island republic in the northern Indian Ocean, southwest of India. The Maldives are made up of a chain of 1,192 small coral islands, which are grouped into clusters of atolls. It has a total area of 298 square kilometers and a population of about 330,000. The capital and largest city is Male, with a population of about 80,000. Arguably the lowest-lying country in the world, the average elevation is just 1 meter above sea level.

Maldives waters are home to several ecosystems, but are most noted for their variety of colorful coral reefs, home to 1100 species of fish, 5 species of sea turtles, 21 species of whales and dolphins, 187 species of corals, 400 species of molluscs, and 83 species of echinoderms. Many crustacean species are there as well: 120 copepod, 15 amphipod as well as over 145 crab and 48 shrimp species.

 

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