If you look at the Maldives maps you will find that the Maldives islands look like few ink splashes in the azure blue ocean water. Maldives is placed between just south of the equator and 8 degrees north. The coordinates are 3 15 N and 73 00 E and the land area covered by these atolls are 300 sq km.
However, according to the Maldives maps the islands are spread over a total area of 90,000 square kilometers of the Indian Ocean. With plenty of white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and colorful coral reefs the Maldives-maps show 644 km of coastline.
The archipelago of Maldives is 823 Km long and 130 Km at its greatest width. The islands are comprised of 26 major natural islands but are divided into 19 administrative regions, which are popularly known as atolls. Each of these atolls is surrounded by a fringing coral reef, which has a few deep natural channels that serve as entry points. Most of the islands feature a shallow lagoon, which is commonly known as ‘villu.’
Some of the major atolls featured in maps of Maldives are Addu Atoll, Huvadhoo Atoll, Hadhdhunmathee Atoll, Kolhumadulu Atoll, Nilandhoo Atoll, Felidhoo Atoll, Ari Atoll, Male Atoll, Ihavandhippolhu Atoll, Thiladhunmathee Atoll, Maamakunudhoo Atoll, and Miladhunmadulu Atoll. Male is the capital of Maldives and as indicated by Maldives maps, Male is located at the center of Maldives.
Maps of Maldives feature that there are no hills, mountains or rivers in Maldives. The small islands have totally coral-based soil, which is poor in essential nutrients. Maldives also has no jungles. Breadfruit, banana, mango, screwpine, cassava, sweet potato and millet are the common trees found in Maldives that provide food values. The most commonly seen tree in Maldives maps is coconut palm and all parts of this plant are used extensively in Maldives.