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Macau (Chinese territory under Portuguese administration) Geography

    Location: Eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China

    Geographic coordinates: 22 10 N, 113 33 E

    Map references: Southeast Asia

    Area:
    total: 21 sq km
    land: 21 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

    Area—comparative: about 0.1 times the size of Washington, DC

    Land boundaries:
    total: 0.34 km
    border countries: China 0.34 km

    Coastline: 40 km

    Maritime claims: not specified

    Climate: subtropical; marine with cool winters, warm summers

    Terrain: generally flat

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: South China Sea 0 m
    highest point: Coloane Alto 174 m

    Natural resources: NEGL

    Land use:
    arable land: 0%
    permanent crops: 2%
    permanent pastures: 0%
    forests and woodland: 0%
    other: 98% (1998 est.)

    Irrigated land: NA sq km

    Natural hazards: NA

    Environment—current issues: NA

    Environment—international agreements:
    party to: Ozone Layer Protection (extended from Portugal)
    signed, but not ratified: NA

    Geography—note: essentially urban; one causeway and two bridges connect the two islands of Coloane and Taipa to the peninsula on mainland

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