Republic of Maldives

The Republic of Maldives is a country located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of India. It comprises twenty-six atolls, and 1192 coral islands, with an average ground elevation of 1.5 meters (about 5 feet). Tourism and fishing account for more than half of the country's GDP. Kulhudhuffushi, seen in the upper left corner, is the capital of Haa Dhaalu Atoll administrative division in the north of the Maldives. The image (rotated counter-clockwise from the original) was acquired April 3, 2013, covers an area of 30.3 by 45.2 kilometers (about 19 by 28 miles), and is located at 6.5 degrees north, 73 degrees east.

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