The ocean washing the Maldives

The Maldives, these pearls of the Indian Ocean, not only have breathtaking natural beauty, but also a unique geographical location. However, to fully understand and appreciate this tropical wonder, it is important to consider which oceans surround these islands. In this article, we take a deep dive into the waters around the Maldives, revealing their unique characteristics, impact on the environment and the biodiversity of this amazing archipelago.

Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean washing one of the islands of the Maldives

The first and, of course, the main body of water surrounding the Maldives is the Indian Ocean. This ocean is located in the southwest of the archipelago and surrounds it from the east, south and west, stretching between Africa, Asia, Australia and South America. The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean in the world and includes a variety of seas and water formations, including the Lakshadiva Sea and the Arabian Sea, but these seas are not directly around the Maldives.

Here are some key aspects of the Indian Ocean’s influence on the Maldives:

Warm currents

Maldives island in the middle of the Indian Ocean
  • Monsoons: Warm currents in the Indian Ocean influence the climate of the Maldives, determining the rainy and dry seasons. Monsoons influence the direction of winds and cause temporary changes in the weather on the islands.
  • Water temperature: Thanks to warm currents, the water temperature in the Maldives is always maintained at a comfortable level, which is one of the attractive aspects for tourists.

Sea life

Marine life with a variety of fish in the Indian Ocean off the coast of the Maldives
  • Fishery Resources: The Indian Ocean is home to a wealth of fisheries resources. Fisheries play an important role in the economy and culture of the Maldives.
  • Coral Reefs: The Maldives has magnificent coral reefs, whose existence is directly related to the water quality and climatic conditions created by the Indian Ocean.
  • Role of the ocean in the ecosystem: Monsoons and ocean currents provide unique conditions for the creation and maintenance of the atoll and coral reef ecosystem.

Oceans washing the Maldives

OceanGeographical locationClimate impact
Indian OceanWest of South India, southwest of Sri LankaThey form monsoons and warm currents, determining the climate of the Maldives

The Maldives, surrounded by the waters of the Indian Ocean, is a unique corner of nature where the monsoons and the ocean dance to create a unique climate. The ocean surrounding these islands shapes their character and life. The biodiversity supported by these waters creates incredible conditions for a variety of life forms, from coral reefs to migrating whales. The conservation and stewardship of these water resources is critical to maintaining the unique beauty and ecosystem of the Maldives. Water is not just a surrounding element, but also a vital component of this paradise on Earth.

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