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  Maldives Islands, Maldives Atolls
Maldives Islands is an archipelago comprising 1,190 low-lying coral islands scattered across the equator, in groups of 26 naturally occurring atolls which are divided into 20 for administrative purposes.
An indication of the perfection of Maldives atoll structure is the fact that the word ‘atoll’ in the English Language – meaning ‘ring-shaped coral reef enclosing a lagoon’, is a borrowing from the Maldivian language ‘Dhivehi’.
The capital of Maldives – Malé, the seat of government and the centre of trade, commerce, business, health and education, is located in the middle of the atoll chain, a small island buzzing with the sounds and activities of more than 150,000 people which is more than one third of the population.
www.mymaldives.com /maldives   (529 words)

  
  Atoll Travel - Surfing adventures in the Maldives, Samoa, Tonga, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Maldives is a chain of 26 coral atolls that extends over 750 km of the Indian Ocean, to just south of the equator.
The atolls are roughly circular coral formations with a central lagoon, fringing reef, and just a few small islands around the edges and in the middle.
Maldives is generally a healthy destination with no malaria and little risk of tropical diseases.
www.atolltravel.com /Maldives/MaldivesAbout.htm   (569 words)

  
 Indian Ocean - Maldives
The Maldives Islands form a linear chain of highly distinctive and unusual atoll formations located in the eastern Arabian Sea region of the Indian Ocean, situated 440 km southwards from the Lakshadweep Islands and 450 km northwards from the Chagos Archipelago; Cape Comorin on the Indian coast lies 480 km to the northeast.
The atolls found in the Maldives are generally unlike either those within the Pacific Ocean, or those occurring elsewhere in the Indian Ocean.
The location of the Maldives near the equator and at sea level means that there is very little temperature variation throughout the year: annual average daily maximums of 30.4 °C and average daily minimums of 25.9 °C are typical.
www.oceandots.com /indian/maldives   (676 words)

  
 Geography of the Maldives - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Maldives is a country of South Asia, situated in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India.
Composed of live coral reefs and sand bars, the atolls are situated atop a submarine ridge 960 kilometers long that rises abruptly from the depths of the Indian Ocean and runs from north to south.
The weather in Maldives is affected by the large landmass of the South Asia to the north.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Geography_of_the_Maldives   (1124 words)

  
 Atolls of the Maldives - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Each administrative atoll is marked, along with the thaana letter used to identify the atoll.
The largest atoll in both the Maldives and the whole world is Gaafu Alif which is just south of the one and a half degree channel.
Thaana is used to write Dhivehi, the language of the Maldives, and is related to both the Arabic and Devanagari alphabets.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Atolls_of_the_Maldives   (270 words)

  
 Maldives: Atolls Credit and Development Baning Project
Ministry of Atolls Administration, the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture and the Department of Women’s Affairs were designated as co-operating agencies to implement the training and nutrition components.
Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) decrees that the interest rate on savings be 7 percentage points lower than the interest rate on loans (or 5%).
Similarly, it is possible to locate those atolls that are already served by other branches, and which have attained a minimum portfolio equal to or exceeding Rf 4.2 million.
www.ifad.org /evaluation/public_html/eksyst/doc/prj/region/pi/maldives/r249msce.htm   (4879 words)

  
 Maldives - GEOGRAPHY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Maldives consists of approximately 1,200 coral islands grouped in a double chain of twenty-seven atolls.
Composed of live coral reefs and sand bars, these atolls are situated atop a submarine ridge 960 kilometers long that rises abruptly from the depths of the Indian Ocean and runs from north to south.
The most notable example of this type of atoll is the large island of Fua Mulaku situated in the middle of the Equatorial Channel.
countrystudies.us /maldives/2.htm   (426 words)

  
 Faafu Atoll. Information about atolls in the Maldives
To the south of the large Ari Atoll is Faafu measuring 27 kilometres in width and 30 kilometres in length.
The geography of the interior of the atoll is similar to that of Ari Atoll, with a number of patch reefs and small submerged thilas.
Although the atoll is not well known for its fishing, it is the main occupation of the 2,000 inhabitants of this atoll.
www.hotelmaldives.com /Faafu_Atoll.htm   (376 words)

  
 Paradise Holidays - Maldives - Raa Atoll   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the North of the Maldives chain of atolls and west of the Noonu atoll, is located a 65 kms long and 28 kms wide atoll.
Known by the name - “Raa”, this huge atoll is located in-between 5° 58' N and 5° 20' N. The Raa atoll is a collection of over 90 islands, out of which only 16 are inhabited, the population being around 12,500.
The atoll is filled with numerous fishing villages, and the abundance of uninhabited, unexploited, picturesque islands make a holiday the Raa Atoll, one filled with fun.
www.parahol.com /atolls/raa.asp   (367 words)

  
 Geograpgy of Maldives - Maldives Travel and Visitor Planner
The sea covers 99% of the Maldives and inside its blue depths lies the mysteries and riddles related to the formation of the Maldives.
Maldives is formed when submerged volcanoes rise from the sea, a coral reef grew on its edge.
In fact, the English word 'atoll' itself is derived from the Maldivian or dhivehi word for it-atholhu.
www.thisismaldives.com /maldives/country/geographylocation.htm   (488 words)

  
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The atolls of the Maldives form a central part of a great underwater mountain range stretching for over 2000 Km from the Laccadives Islands, in the North, to the Chagos islands in the South.
For convenience these atolls are divided into 19 administrative groups and named according to the letter of the Maldivian alphabet.
Charles Darwin proposed that the atolls of the Maldives developed as the mountain range gradually subsided into the sea or the sea level rose.
www.mal-dives.com /diving/coral_reef.html   (622 words)

  
 Paradise Holidays - Maldives- Atolls   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
What differentiates atolls from the coral reefs is the fact that they do not border anything.
Atolls are founded on a coral base and often rise up thousands of meters from the Ocean bed.
Coral atolls, as in the case of Maldives, are formed by the total disappearance of a volcanic mass beneath the sea.
www.parahol.com /atolls/atolls.html   (261 words)

  
 Maldives Profiles
The capital Malé, the seat of government and the centre of trade, commerce, business, health and education, is located in the middle of the atoll chain, a small island buzzing with the sounds and activities of about 75.000 people which is about one third of the population.
The atolls of the Maldives are formed from coral structures, separated by lagoons.
The atolls are in fact part of a greater structure known as the Laccadives-Chagos Ridge, which stretches over 2000 kilometers.
maldanglers.tripod.com /id12.html   (257 words)

  
 Maldives Scuba Diving Liveaboards Travel Maldives Hotel Resort
The ‘Katheeb’ reports to the “Atoll Chief’ or ‘Atholhuverin’ who is in charge of all the activities of all the islands in an atoll.
The Atoll Chief resides in the atoll’s capital island where matters related to the atoll are directed from the Atoll Office.
The colours green, red and white characterize the Maldivian National flag: The green rectangle, which represents the innumerable palm trees, the life source of the islands, is surrounded by red, the blood of the nation’s heroes in sacrifice, and is dominated by a white crescent in the centre - the symbol of Islamic faith.
maldivesliveaboard.net /maldives-information.htm   (1538 words)

  
 Aqua Sun Maldives - Cruises
With 27 resorts in the atoll, this is the second zone to which tourism expanded.
Alifu Atoll is comprised of three geographical atolls - Ari Atoll, one of the largest atolls in the Maldives, measuring 80 kilometres in length and 30 in width, Rasdhoo Atoll and the tiny Thoddoo Atoll.
This atoll also boasts some exceptionally exciting dive sites; the hammerhead point in Rasdhoo Atoll, Maaya Thila in Northern Ari Atoll which is a protected site and dive sites in the south famous for its sighting of whale sharks are just some of the highlights.
www.aquasun-maldives.com /cruise/atolls2.html   (306 words)

  
 Asa Travel Maldives - Geography
The capital Malé, the seat of government and the centre of trade, commerce, business, health and education, is located at the southern tip of the northern portion of Male’ atoll, a small island buzzing with the sounds and activities of about 75.000 people which is about one third of the population of the Maldives.
Small nurseries are established in atolls to spread the program countrywide and many trees have been planted all over the country in an effort to “greening the environment”.
Maldives proudly hosted the ministerial level “Small States Conference on Sea Level Rise” in 1989 calling for many actions which are incorporated in the Male’ Declaration issued at the closing of the conference.
www.asamaldives.com /geography.html   (720 words)

  
 Southern Maldives Surf Trips
Measuring 820 km's north to south and 120 km's east to west, the closest neighbors are India and Sri Lanka.
The Outer Atolls, approximately 300 miles to the South of the capital, Male, contain at least a dozen, potent world class reef breaks that are rarely surfed.
This area is far removed from the busier Nth Male Atoll where all the resort based surfing and the majority of Maldives surf charter boats are based.
www.wavehunters.com /maldives/maldives_atolls.asp   (738 words)

  
 Asian Tsunami Imagery - Male International Airport
Most atolls are ringshaped coral reefs supporting five to ten inhabited islands and twenty to sixty uninhabited islands.
Male, the capital of the Maldives is 1.7 x 1.1 km large and located at the south end of Kaafu Atoll.
Maldives has two airports with permanent-surface runways more than 2,440 meters long, one located adjacent to Male on Hulele Island, known as Male International Airport, and the other on Gan Island in the southernmost Addu Atoll, which is scheduled to become an international airport.
www.globalsecurity.org /eye/andaman-maldives.htm   (1120 words)

  
 Maldives :: Any Travels
The capital Male, the seat of government and the centre of trade, commerce, business, health and education, is located in the middle of the atoll chain, a small island buzzing with the sounds and activities of about 75.000 people which is about one third of the population.
Outside Male' the largest population are in Hithadhoo in Addu Atoll, Fuamulah and Kulhudhufushi in Haa Dhaalu Atoll with 9,640, 7243 and 6,354 respectively.
The Maldives have had a fairly turbulant political history recently and there are some areas of the capital city where you are not permitted to take photos for security reasons so be aware of this when walking around.
www.anytravels.com /asia/maldives   (917 words)

  
 Other Atolls - TravelPuppy.com
The atoll’s coral reefs are in pristine condition and are popular for the many mantas and reef sharks visiting during the southwest monsoon (May-July).
Lhaviani Atoll is located to the north of the North Kaafu Atoll and is home to the fairly simple 250-bungalow Kuredhdhoo resort, essentially a location for the besotted diver.
Most tourism is in the northern atolls, however Seenu, the southernmost atoll of the archipelago (located south of the equator), is well known as the location of a former RAF staging post in Gan.
travelpuppy.com /maldives/other-atolls.htm   (619 words)

  
 Maldives Hotels by SmartStays: Bargains for all Hotels in Maldives
The Baa Atoll is just south of the Raa Atoll and North of the Male Atoll and home to superb white sandy beaches and palm trees.
Haa Alifu Atoll is the northern-most atoll of the Maldives.
Rangali is one of uninhabited small atolls (islands formed by coral reefs) parted of the Alif Dhaal Atoll reached by a 35-minute seaplane flight from the main island.
www.asia-hotel.net /maldives   (713 words)

  
 Bluepeace Environmental NGO Maldives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The tsunamis’ impact on islands of the Maldives is presumably highly individualistic for each island, but a broad pattern of geomorphologic impact can be observed, writes Ali Rilwan, co-founder of Maldives’ first environmental NGO Bluepeace Maldives.
It is also believed the depth of the surrounding seas, and slopes to shores of an atoll and tide level, determine height and strength of the tsunamis that hit the islands of the Maldives on 26 December 2004.
A handful of islands in different atolls in the Maldives affected by the killer tsunamis can also be listed in the same category as Kandholhudhoo as these islands have reclaimed and modified its coastal zone.
bluepeacemaldives.org /news2005/tunami_affected_worst.htm   (650 words)

  
 ASTER Image Gallery: Malosmadulu Atolls, Maldives
North and South Malosmadulu Atolls are in the Maldives, an island republic in the northern Indian Ocean, southwest of India.
Maldives is made up of a chain of 1192 small coral islands that are grouped into clusters of atolls.
The simulated natural color ASTER image was acquired 22 December 2002, covers an area of 50.8 x 90.4 km, and is centered near 5.3 degrees north latitude, 73.9 degrees west longitude.
asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov /gallery-detail.asp?name=Maldives   (157 words)

  
 EO Study: Amazing Atolls of the Maldives
What immediately comes to mind when many of us think of an atoll is a desolate, circular array of coral reefs with white, sandy islands populated by a few lonely, swaying palm trees and perhaps a castaway or two.
Atolls are, in fact, some of the most complex and vibrant structures on the planet.
The Maldives are a group of coral islands resting on top of an ancient volcanic mountain range off the coast of India.
earthobservatory.nasa.gov /Study/Maldives   (561 words)

  
 Surfing Maldives
Palm fringed islands with sparkling white beaches, turquoise lagoons, clear warm water and coral reefs teeming with abundant varieties of marine flora and fauna and hosting a variety of world class waves that are now accessible to the travelling surfer.
People who have never been to the Maldives often have trouble comprehending that there is almost NO land.
There are principally 2 major surfing areas in the Maldives: The North Male Atoll (season: April-October), and the Outer Atolls (season: Feb-Apr).
www.wavehunters.com /maldives/maldives.asp   (485 words)

  
 Maldives Islands Geography Atolls Indian Ocean Vacation Villa Resorts
No more than 200 islands are inhabited, the rest includes the 87 vacation resorts and uninhabited islands, some of which are used for drying fish or other agricultural activities.
The capital Malé;, the seat of government and the centre of trade, commerce, business, health and education, is located in the middle of the atoll chain, a small island buzzing with the sounds and activities of about 75.000 people which is about one third of the population.
The atolls are in fact part of a greater structure known as the Laccadives-Chagos Ridge, which stretches over 2000 kilometres.
www.gate2maldives.com /content/geography.php   (274 words)

  
 Ministry of Atolls Development
The Ministry was renamed the Ministry of Atolls Administration (MOAA) because of its central role in the administration of the rural atolls, in the early 1980s.
The change in name, in November 2003, to the Ministry of Atolls Development is indicative of greater role that the Ministry has to play in the socio-economic development of the atolls.
Atoll Development committee and the Island Development Committees alongside the Government, place an increasing emphasis on the importance of decentralized planning and management of development activities.
www.atolls.gov.mv   (314 words)

  
 Maldives
The NEW hotspot in surf travel, the Maldives are an ideal location for all standards.
Upon arrival at Male airport in the Maldives, you'll be met and transferred to your resorts only an hour boat ride from Male airport.
The Southern Atolls have been previously off limits to surfers and only recently has surfing been allowed, A minimum of 10 days is recommended to explore this region.
www.travel.com.au /surf/html/maldives/home.html   (441 words)

  
 Maldives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Republic of Maldives is a country consisting territorialy of group of atolls in the Indian Ocean south-southwest of India.
The early history of the Maldives is According to Maldivian legend a Sinhalese prince named Koimale was stranded with bride--daughter of the king of Sri Lanka --in a Maldivian lagoon and stayed on rule as the first sultan.
Although governed as an independent Islamic sultanate for most of its history 1153 to 1968 Maldives was a British protectorate from 1887 until July 25 1965.
www.freeglossary.com /Maldives   (483 words)

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