The Republic of Maldives in the Indian Ocean Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features the Republic of Maldives, a nation that is made up of 1,200 islands.
The Maldives consists of clusters of small coral islands located in the Indian Ocean southwest of mainland India. Maldives is also an island country in the Indian Ocean, South Asia, south-southwest of India. The closest neighbours of Maldives are India just north, Sri Lanka (670 km) to the northeast and the Chagos Archipelago directly to the south. Ninety-nine percent of the Maldives is made up of sea. In both land area and size, Maldives is the smallest country in Asia.
More than 80 percent of the country’s land is less than a meter above sea level, which leaves the population of 500,000 people extremely vulnerable to severe weather and sea level rise. The Republic of Maldives in the Indian Ocean most desired area/island to visit is Baros. This island is a high rated and popular island in Maldives. With sunny beaches and high end luxury resort, this island is famous for its natural elegance and beautiful corals. Baros has a number of water villas as well as island resorts providing luxe amenities, along with a few restaurants and bars in the vicinity.
Video Credit: ESA
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer