Malaysia Collection- Geography

October 20, 2011, 4:55 pm
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Aerial photo of Borneo lowland rainforests with logging roads, Sarawak. @ C.Michael Hogan


The country of Malaysia is divided into two disparate landmasses: (a) Peninsular Malaysia attached to the mainland of Asia; and (b) Malaysian Borneo, located on the northern part of the Island of Borneo. Borneo, in turn, is shared in ownership by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

Malaysia has a climate governed by its equatorial location, the existence of an extensive tropical coastline and the seasonal presence of monsoonal events. As a result there are persistent high temperatures and humidity along with ample rainfall to nourish the copious rivers and rainforest expanses.


Terrestrial Features


Coastal and Marine Features


National Parks

Human Geography

Demography and economics

The states and Federal Territories of Malaysia can be broadly divided into Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo, which is also termed East Malaysia.

Peninsular Malaysia

  • Johor
  • Pahang

Malaysian Borneo

Malaysia Collection

Development of the Malaysia Collection is currently spearheaded by Mark McGinley, an Associate Professor at Texas Tech University who is a Board member of the Environmental Information Coalition and an Associate Editor or the EoE. He was in Malaysia as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur from June 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011. Scientists who are interested in contributing to the Malaysia Collection should contact Mark McGinley ( Other elements of the Malaysia Collection to be visited are:




McGinley, M., & Hogan, C. (2011). Malaysia Collection- Geography. Retrieved from


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