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The Palk Strait and Gulf of Mannar Between Sri Lanka and India

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January 9th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Sri Lanka - December 16th, 2009

Sri Lanka - December 16th, 2009

The island of Sri Lanka is separated from the Indian subcontinent by two bodies of water: the Gulf of Mannar (below the islands near the bottom edge) and the Palk Strait (occupying the central part of the image). While most of the land in the image belongs to coastal Sri Lanka, India’s Rameswaram island can be seen at the bottom left. Upon opening the full image, the low headland of Point Calimere on India’s Coromandel Coast can also be seen in the upper left corner.

The Gulf of Mannar, best observed upon opening the full image, is a large shallow bay that is an arm of the Laccadive Sea in the Indian Ocean. It lies between the southeastern tip of India and the west coast of Sri Lanka with widths between 160 and 200 km (100 to 125 mi). A chain of low islands and reefs known as Adam’s Bridge, also called Ramsethu, separates the Gulf of Mannar from the Palk Strait, which lies to the north between India and Sri Lanka.

The Maldives

February 14th, 2009 Category: Snapshots, Tropical Storms

Maldives - February 13th, 2009

Maldives - February 13th, 2009

The Maldives, or Maldive Islands, officially the Republic of Maldives, is an island nation consisting of a group of atolls, stretching south of India’s Lakshadweep islands between Minicoy Island and the Chagos Archipelago.

They are about seven hundred kilometres (435 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea of Indian Ocean.

The twenty-six atolls of Maldives encompass a territory featuring 1,192 islets, of which two hundred and fifty islands are inhabited.

The Maldives are the smallest Asian country in terms of both population and area. With its most elevated part at only two meters above sea level, it is also the country with the lowest highest point in the world.

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