New Malden is a suburb of south-west London, England. It is located within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, with a small part in the London Borough of Merton, is 9.4 miles from Charing Cross. New Malden forms part of the historic county of Surrey. Neighbouring localities include Kingston upon Thames, Raynes Park, Tolworth and Worcester Park. New Malden was established as a result of the arrival of the railway when what is now called New Malden railway station was opened on 1 December 1846 on the main line from London Waterloo. Building started in the area just to the north of the station, gathering pace in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with two- and three-bedroom terraced houses. Further out are larger detached and semi-detached houses from the 1930s; the name of the road up the hill to Coombe, Traps Lane, is thought to derive from a farm owned by a Mrs Trap. Following the opening of the Kingston bypass in 1927, the farms to its south progressively gave way to suburban development.
Two miles to the south is the former village of Old Malden whose origins go back to Anglo-Saxon times, the name being Old English for Mæl + duna = "the cross on the hill". Under the District Councils Act 1895, The Maldens & Coombe Urban District Council was created. In 1936 Malden and Coombe was granted full Borough status, with its own Mayor, had the rare distinction of a civic mace bearing the royal insignia of King Edward VIII. In 1965, the London Government Act 1963 came into force merging the boroughs of Malden & Coombe and Surbiton with Kingston upon Thames to form the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. New Malden is home to the offices of many large organisations, including Nestle Purina and Northrop Grumman. New Malden is bounded to the north by the affluent Coombe Hill and to the south and east by Raynes Park, Worcester Park and Tolworth. New Malden includes Motspur Park, home to the training ground of Fulham Football Club and the King's College London sports ground, home to the training ground of AFC Wimbledon.
To the west: Kingston upon Thames, Norbiton To the south: Old Malden, Tolworth, Worcester Park To the east: Motspur Park, Raynes Park, West Barnes To the north: Coombe, Richmond Park, WimbledonThe busy A3 trunk road runs through part of New Malden. A minor tributary of the River Thames, Beverley Brook, flows through the east of the town, while its western boundary is along the Hogsmill, another Thames tributary; the first parking meters were made in New Malden at Venners Ltd. The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has one of the largest expatriate communities of South Koreans in Europe, is said to be one of the most densely populated areas of Koreans outside South Korea. According to different sources, as of 2014 there were about 10,000 ethnic Koreans in New Malden proper, as of the same year the Korean population in the area around New Malden is around 20,000, including about 600 originating from North Korea, giving it the largest group of North Koreans in Europe. In the 2001 census, some small areas of New Malden had "Other Asian" populations of "over 25%", though no whole ward reached over 20%.
Many of the Koreans living in New Malden work for Korean companies, they are either permanently settled and expatriate, or they are still expatriates. The New Malden area has Korean language churches and nursery schools as well as restaurants and shops with Korean clientele. New Malden functions as the shopping and cultural centre for a Korean population spread more across South-West London and the neighbouring counties; the area has Korean supermarkets, about 20 Korean restaurants and cafes, including those serving bulgogi. It has a noraebang, many other shops; the Korean language is visible on several shop signs. The original Embassy of South Korea was in New Malden, before moving to 60 Buckingham Gate in Westminster; some factors cited in The Daily Telegraph as reasons why the Korean community formed in New Malden included a 1950s joint venture partnership between a chaebol and Racal Avionics, Lord Chancellor's Walk in Coombe Lane West serving as the residence of the Ambassador of South Korea to the United Kingdom, Samsung Electronics having its UK offices in New Malden until they moved to their current location in Chertsey, Surrey in 2005.
Many Koreans settled in New Malden in the 1970s due to the ambassador's location. There is a Hindu Temple in the eastern part of Burlington Road. New Malden has its own sports centre, the Malden Centre, which includes a swimming pool and community facilities, it runs several adult learning courses. Beverley Park provides a football pitch, tennis courts, children's playground and open space. Tudor Williams Ltd, established in 1913, is a family run department store in the High Street; the company has shops in Cobham and Dorking and expanded by acquiring department stores Elphicks of Farnham in October 2004, Knights of Reigate in September 2006. A branch of Waitrose is one of a number of other well known stores in the High Street; the local newspapers are the Surrey Comet, in print since 1854, Coombe Monthly, the Kingston Guardian. A monthly publication, The Village Voice, covers local history, topical articles and advertisements for businesses serving the community. There is an annual Malden Fortnight, which includes a parade showcasing all the local schools and community groups and various other activities.
Each Christmas the High Street is festooned with Christmas lights with i
Malden is a city in the northeast corner of Dunklin County, United States, located near the intersection of Missouri Route 25 and U. S. Route 62; the population was 4,277 at the 2010 census, Malden is within Missouri's 8th congressional district. Malden was platted in 1877 by a railroad official; some say the community has the name of Colonel T. H. Mauldin, a county judge, while others believe the name is a transfer from Malden, Massachusetts. A post office called Malden has been in operation since 1877. Malden is located at 36°34′19″N 89°58′16″W, in the Missouri Bootheel and the New Madrid Seismic Zone, about 25 miles west of New Madrid and the Mississippi River meander around the Kentucky Bend. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.53 square miles, all of it land. Malden is located along the Crowley's Ridge Parkway; as of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $22,910, the median income for a family was $27,819. Males had a median income of $30,671 versus $16,920 for females.
The per capita income for the city was $12,475. About 22.9% of families and 27.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.4% of those under age 18 and 25.7% of those age 65 or over. As of the census of 2010, there were 4,275 people, 1,780 households, 1,109 families residing in the city; the population density was 567.7 inhabitants per square mile. There were 2,014 housing units at an average density of 267.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 71.35% White, 25.12% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.94% from other races, 1.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.92% of the population. There were 1,780 households of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.0% were married couples living together, 20.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, 37.7% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age in the city was 39.4 years. 25.1% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 46.5% male and 53.5% female. List of Malden mayors Malden has one of the largest general aviation airports in the State of Missouri. Malden is listed in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, which identifies airports that are significant to national transportation. Malden's three 5,000-foot runways can handle most corporate aircraft; the city has the Dunklin County Transit Bus System which travels throughout the city and the surrounding area. The Malden Municipal Airport was an Army airfield and an Air Force base from 1942 to 1960, as operated by the military and under civilian contracts; the airfield was used to train pilots to fight in the Korean War. The Malden Army Airfield Preservation Society is an organization that works to preserve the past of the Malden Army Airfield; the MAAPS Military Museum is located in the airport's terminal building and MAAPS maintains a Veterans Wall of Honor.
The public school system of the Malden R-1 School District is a 3A designated school for athletics. The mascot is the Green Wave, its last state championship was 2007, when the school won its second consecutive Boys Track championship; the Malden Green Wave Football program competed in the state playoffs in 2010 and the boys baseball team were conference regular season champions and won a district title for the first time in 31 years in 2011. The Malden school system has been named one of the top 10% of American High Schools for 3 years running and ranked as the best school in southeast Missouri based on 2009-2010 Missouri Assessment Program test scores; the Malden School Board was recognized by the Missouri School Board's Association as its Outstanding Board of the Year in 2011. Malden has two satellite college campuses, one from Three Rivers Community College and another from Southeast Missouri State University. Malden has a branch of the Dunklin County Library. Malden is the home of the Bootheel Youth Museum.
This is a hands-on activity-based museum for children. It has had over 140,000 visitors, it is a resource for Malden school district as well as surround districts. The most recent addition is the Clark site; the Museum was named a top youth attraction in America. Other attractions include: The Malden Historical Museum. Malden Community Center Malden Veterans Wall of Honor Climate is characterized by high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year; the Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa". "City of Malden". "Malden Chamber of Commerce". "Malden R-! School District". "Malden Historical Museum". "Bootheel Youth Museum". Historic maps of Malden in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri Collection at the University of Missouri
Malden Rushett is a small village in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, London. It is located at the southernmost tip of the Royal Borough, surrounded by woodland and farmland, between the larger suburban villages and towns of Claygate, Epsom, Ashtead and Oxshott. Rushett was a detached part of the parish of Malden, located 5 miles southwest of the main parish. On 24 March 1884 it was transferred to the parish of Chessington. Malden Rushett sits on the crossroads of the A243 road from Kingston upon Thames to Leatherhead and the B280 from Oxshott to Epsom, it consists of two pubs and a petrol station incorporating an M&S Simply Food shop. It is two miles from Junction 9 on the M25 motorway; the area houses the Explorer Gate of Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo Resort. South of Malden Rushett is Rushett Common, consisting of two strips of woodland alongside the A243 to the edge of the boundary between Greater London and Surrey; these are bounded by the Surrey woodlands of Princes Covert to the west and Epsom Common to the east.
Within Rushett Common is Telegraph Hill – earlier known as Cabbage Hill –, the site of a station on the Admiralty Shutter telegraph line. This used the shutter system to communicate between London and Portsmouth from 1796 until 1816; the buildings were small two-roomed wooden huts with a frame. The station was replaced by a semaphore station built at Claygate. Malden Rushett was due to have had a railway station built as part of the Southern Railway's extension from Motspur Park to Leatherhead via Chessington; the line reached Chessington South in 1939 and work was well underway on the final part of the line to Malden Rushett and Leatherhead, expected to stimulate further housing development beyond Chessington. The railway was extended beyond Chessington South station as far as Chalky Lane, with a bridge built over this road. Work was halted due to the outbreak of World War II, although the Royal Engineers did build a further railway embankment south of Chalky Lane which went as far as Chessington Wood and not far from the location where Malden Rushett station would have been built.
Following the introduction after the war of Green Belt legislation, little housing development could take place beyond Chessington South. Thus, the revenue earned from a station at Malden Rushett would have been minimal and the work was abandoned; the village is now served by the London Buses route 465, while route 65 terminates at the nearby Chessington World of Adventures as part of its night route, with London Buses route 71 terminating there. Chessington Epsom Leatherhead Oxshott Esher Tolworth Surbiton Kingston upon Thames Chessington South railway station Chessington North railway station London Buses route 465
Fort Malden, formally known as Fort Amherstburg, is a defence fortification located in Amherstburg, Ontario. It was built in 1795 by Britain in order to ensure the security of British North America against any potential threat of American Invasion. Throughout its history, it is most known for its military application during the War of 1812 as Sir Isaac Brock and Tecumseh met here to plan the Siege of Detroit; the Fort had an important role in securing Upper Canada's border with Detroit during the Upper Canada Rebellion. However, Fort Malden has rich and diverse history aside from its military applications. For example, it was the setting for the British Pensioner Scheme and would become an Ontario Provincial Asylum in 1859. After the Asylum was closed, Fort Malden was surveyed and privatized until the mid-nineteenth century; the Historic Designation of the Fort came after several decades of local residents advocating for the preservation of the Fort to the federal government. Recognized in 1921, the complex of Fort Malden as it is seen today was brought together in 1946 with the purchase of the Hough House.
Today, the Fort remains accessible to the public under the supervision of Parks Canada. Visitors are able to see for themselves a wide array of Fort Malden's history as all of the buildings on the complex represent different time periods within that history. For example, an 1819 Brick Barrack restored in the style of one in 1839 is found directly across from the Hough House that represents the Fort's history as an Asylum, a Lumber Mill, a private residence After the Indian Land Grant of 1784, it was decided by Governor Haldimand that the land opposite of Bois Blanc Island was to be used as a strategic military defence post. In his book "Fort Malden and the Old Fort Days," Rev. Thomas Nattress asserts that, prior to the land grant, the area was used by the Natives as a strategic military defence post; the British forces based at Fort Detroit had to be evacuated following the 1795 Jay Treaty and were assigned to Fort Malden. In January 1797 Captain Mayne, received word from Robert Prescott, commander-in-chief of the British troops in Canada, that the military post was to be known as Fort Amherstburg.
This title has never been formally changed. However, because the fort lay in the township of Malden, its inhabitants and the locals came to and colloquially refer to it as Fort Malden; the name "Fort Malden" has remained since. Fort Malden's involvement in the War of 1812 began on July 2, 1812, when British forces at Amherstburg captured the American schooner Cuyahoga; the declaration of war on the United Kingdom of Great Britain was made by the United States on June 18 of that year. Hull had chartered the Cuyahoga to transport goods and army records, officers' wives, the ill from Toledo, Ohio to Detroit, passing by Amherstburg. In the deep water channel of the Detroit River, the Cuyahoga was captured by the British brig HMS General Hunter. General Hull's reaction came on July 12 when, under his command, American forces crossed the Detroit River at Sandwich and took the town without opposition. Sandwich was to be used as a base of operations for the American advance into Upper Canada, with General Hull commandeering the Francois Baby House as his headquarters.
On July 13, Hull issued this proclamation to the residents of Upper Canada: INHABITANTS of CANADA! After thirty years of PEACE & prosperity, the UNITED STATES have been driven to Arms; the injuries & aggressions, the insults & indignities of Great Britain have once more left them no alternative but manly resistance or unconditional submission. The ARMY under my command has invaded your country, & the Standard of the UNION now waves over the Territory of CANADA. To the peaceable unoffending inhabitant, it brings neither difficulty. I come to find enemies. I come not to injure you. If the barbarous & savage policy of Great Britain be pursued, the savages are let loose to murder our citizens, & butcher our women and children, the war, will be a war of extermination; the first stroke of the Tomahawk, the first attempt with the scalping knife, will be the signal for one indiscriminate scene of desolation. No white man found fighting by the side of an Indian, will be taken prisoner. Instant destruction will be his lot.
The UNITED STATES offer you peace and security. Your choice lies between these & WAR, destruction. Choose but choose wisely. On July 16, General Hull's army was met with armed British resistance for the first time. A patrol out of Fort Malden engaged with Hull's troops at the River Canard where two British soldiers were killed, marking the first fatalities of the War of 1812. Maj. Gen. Isaac Brock assumed command of Fort Malden on August 13, 1812, it was Brock who would lead British troops across the Detroit River days later. On August 16, with the help of Chief Tecumseh's Native warriors and Tecumseh's forces marched on Fort Detroit, it is reported that Hull was fearful of'hordes' of Indians swooping down upon the civilian population of Detroit, a fear that Brock and Tecumseh were able to capitalize on by convincing Hull that their ranks included 5,000 of Tecumseh's native warriors. It is due to the unsettling effect that the Native allies' presence had upon General Hull that Fort Detroit was surrendered without resistance.
The success of the Siege of Detroit
Karl Malden was an American actor. He was a character actor who "for more than 60 years brought an intelligent intensity and a homespun authenticity to roles in theater and television" in such classic films as A Streetcar Named Desire — for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor — On the Waterfront and One-Eyed Jacks. Malden played in high-profile Hollywood films such as Baby Doll, The Hanging Tree, How the West Was Won, Patton. From 1972 to 1977, he portrayed Lt. Mike Stone in the television crime drama The Streets of San Francisco, he was the spokesman for American Express. Film and culture critic Charles Champlin described Malden as "an Everyman, but one whose range moved up and down the levels of society and the IQ scale, from heroes to heavies and ordinary, decent guys just trying to get along", at the time of his death, Malden was described as "one of the great character actors of his time" who created a number of "powerhouse performances on screen". Malden was President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1989 to 1992.
Karl Malden, the eldest of three sons, was born Mladen Sekulovich in Chicago, Illinois on March 22, 1912, his mother's 20th birthday. He was raised in Indiana, his Serb father, Petar Sekulović, worked in the steel mills and as a milkman, his mother, Minnie Sekulovich, was a Czech seamstress and actress. The Sekulovich family's roots trace back to Podosoje near Bosnia and Herzegovina. Malden spoke only Serbian. Malden's father, who had a passion for music, was the organizer of a choir; as a teenager, Malden joined the Karageorge Choir at Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. His father produced Serbian plays at his church and taught acting. A young Malden took part in many of these plays, which included a version of Jack and the Beanstalk but centered on the community's Serbian heritage. In high school, he was the star of the basketball team, he was narrowly elected senior class president. Among other roles, he played Pooh-Bah in The Mikado. After graduating from Emerson High School in 1931 with high marks, he planned to leave Gary for Arkansas, where he hoped to win an athletic scholarship, but college officials did not admit him owing to his refusal to play any sport besides basketball.
From 1931 until 1934, he worked in the steel mills. He changed his name from Mladen Sekulovich to Karl Malden at age 22, he anglicized his first name by swapping its letters "l" and "a" and used it as his last and taking his grandfather's first name as his own. This was, he thought that they were using his name as an excuse. Malden found ways to say "Sekulovich" in films and television shows in which he appeared. For example, as General Omar Bradley in Patton, as his troops slog their way through enemy fire in Sicily, Malden says "Hand me that helmet, Sekulovich" to another soldier. In Dead Ringer, as a police detective in the squad room, Malden tells another detective: "Sekulovich, gimme my hat." In Fear Strikes Out, playing Jimmy Piersall's father John, introduces Jimmy to a baseball scout named Sekulovich. In Birdman of Alcatraz, as a prison warden touring the cell block, Malden recites a list of inmates' names, including Sekulovich. In On the Waterfront, in which Malden plays the priest, among the names of the officers of Local 374 called out in the courtroom scene is Mladen Sekulovich, Delegate.
The most notable usage of his real name, was in the television series The Streets of San Francisco, where Malden's character, Mike Stone, employed a legman with that name. In September 1934, Malden decided to leave his home in Gary, Indiana, to pursue formal dramatic training at the Goodman School associated with the Goodman Theater in Chicago. Although he had worked in the steel mills in Gary for three years, he had helped support his family and was unable to save enough money to pay for his schooling. Making a deal with the director of the program, he gave the institute the little money that he did have, with the director agreeing that, if Malden did well, he would be rewarded with a full scholarship, he won the scholarship. When Malden performed in the Goodman's children's theater, he wooed the actress Mona Greenberg, who married him in 1938, he graduated from the Chicago Art Institute in 1937. Soon after, without work and without money, Malden returned to his hometown, he traveled to New York City, first appeared as an actor on Broadway in 1937.
He in a small role made his film debut in They Knew What They Wanted. He joined the Group Theatre, where he began acting in many plays and was introduced to a young Elia Kazan, who worked with him on A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront, his acting career was interrupted by World War II, during which he served as a noncommissioned officer in the United States Army Air Corps in the 8th Air Fo
Malden is a city in Middlesex County, United States. At the time of the 2010 United States Census, the population was at 59,450 people. In 2009, Malden was named the "Best Place to Raise Your Kids" in Massachusetts by Bloomberg Businessweek. Malden, a hilly woodland area north of the Mystic River, was settled by Puritans in 1640 on land purchased in 1629 from the Pennacook tribe; the area was called the "Mistick Side" and was a part of Charlestown. It was incorporated as a separate town in 1649; the name Malden was selected by Joseph Hills, an early settler and landholder, was named after Maldon, England. The city included what are now the adjacent cities of Melrose and Everett. At the time of the American Revolution, the population was at about 1,000 people, the citizens were involved early in resisting the oppression of Britain: they boycotted the consumption of tea in 1770 to protest the Revenue Act of 1766, it was the first town to petition the colonial government to withdraw from the British Empire.
Malden High School has the second-oldest continuous high school football rivalry in the United States with Medford High School. The first "Thanksgiving Day Game" dates back to 1889. In 1984, Malden came to national renown as the location of the controversial Fells Acres Day Care Center preschool trial. In 2004, a same-sex Malden couple was the first to marry in Massachusetts at 9:15 AM on May 17, 2004 at Cambridge City Hall. Massachusetts was the first state in the United States to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Malden is bordered by Melrose on the north, Stoneham on the northwest, Medford on the west, Everett on the south, Revere on the east, Saugus on the northeast. Boojum Rock located in the north west corner of Malden inside the Middlesex Fells Reservation is the highest point in Malden with an elevation of 275 feet. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.1 square miles, of which 5.1 square miles is land and 0.04 square miles is water. Bordered on the northwest by the cliffs of Middlesex Fells, Malden is drained by the Malden River.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 59,450 people, 25,161 households, 13,575 families residing in the city. The population density was 11,788.6 people per square mile. There were 23,634 housing units at an average density of 4,657.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 52.5% White, 14.8% African American, 0.14% Native American, 20.1% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.10% from other races, 3.46% were multiracial. 8.6% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 23,009 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 41.0% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.13. In the city, the population was spread out with 19.9% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males. The median income for a household in the city was $45,654, the median income for a family was $55,557. Males had a median income of $37,741 versus $31,157 for females; the per capita income for the city was $22,004. About 6.6% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over. As of 2009 and 2010, 37% of residents of Malden were born outside of the United States; this is twice the number in 1990, an increase from the 26% of foreign-born residents in 2000. Malden's percentage of foreign-born residents was the second-highest in Massachusetts, after Chelsea; as of 2009 and 2010 immigrants originate from Brazil, Haiti, India and Pakistan. The Moroccan American Civic and Cultural Association is located in Malden. Previous immigrants included Irish in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Malden received Jews who arrived escaping Europe before and after World War II. In 1990 Malden had 2,805 Asian residents. In 2000 this increased to 7,882 Asians, or 14.5% of the city's population, making it one of ten Massachusetts cities with the largest Asian populations in the state. There were 4,504 ethnic Chinese people, 876 ethnic Vietnamese, 696 ethnic Indians. From 1990 to 2000 the Vietnamese population increased by 187% and the Indian population increased by 262%. From 2000 to 2010 the Chinese population of Malden increased by about 50%. Institutions serving the Asian community in Malden include the Immigrant Learning Center, which offers English as a second language classes. In the 2017, South Cove Community Health center began building a new site in Malden to serve the growing Asian American population. Malden Public Schools is the school district. Malden has middle schools.
Malden Island, sometimes called Independence Island in the nineteenth century, is a low, uninhabited atoll in the central Pacific Ocean, about 39 km2 in area. It is one of the Line Islands belonging to the Republic of Kiribati; the lagoon is enclosed by land, however it is connected to the sea by underground channels, is quite salty. The island is chiefly notable for its mysterious prehistoric ruins, its once-extensive deposits of phosphatic guano, its former use as the site of the first British H-bomb tests, its current importance as a protected area for breeding seabirds; the island is designated as the Malden Island Wildlife Sanctuary. In 2014 the Kiribati government established a 12-nautical-mile fishing exclusion zone around each of the southern Line Islands. Malden Island is located 242 nautical miles south of the equator, 1,530 nautical miles south of Honolulu and more than 4,000 nautical miles west of the coast of South America; the nearest land is uninhabited 110 nautical miles to the southwest.
The closest inhabited place is 243 nautical miles to the southwest. The nearest airport is on Kiritimati. Other nearby islands include Jarvis Island, 373 nautical miles to the northwest, Vostok Island, 385 nautical miles to the south-southeast, Caroline Island, 460 nautical miles to the southeast; the island has the shape of an equilateral triangle, with 8 km on a side, aligned with the southwest side running northwest to southeast. The west and south corners are truncated, shortening the north and southwest coasts to about 7 km, adding shorter west and south coasts about 1 to 2 km in length. A large shallow, irregularly shaped lagoon, containing a number of small islets, fills the east central part of the island; the lagoon is enclosed by land, but only by narrow strips along its north and east sides. It is connected to the sea by underground channels, is quite salty. Most of the land area of the island lies to the west of the lagoon; the total area of the island is about 39.3 square kilometres.
The island is low, no more than 10 metres above sea level at its highest point. The highest elevations are found along a rim that follows the coastline; the interior forms a depression, only a few meters above sea level in the western part and is below sea level in the east central part. Because of this topography, the ocean cannot be seen from much of Malden's interior. There is no standing fresh water on Malden Island. A continuous heavy surf falls all along the coast. Except on the west coast, where the white sandy beach is more extensive than elsewhere, a strip of dark gray coral rubble, forming a series of low ridges parallel to the coast, lies within the narrow beach, extending inward to the island rim; because of Malden's isolation and aridity, its vegetation is limited. Sixteen species of vascular plants have been recorded; the island is covered in stunted Sida fallax scrub, low herbs and grasses. Few, if any, of the clumps of stunted Pisonia grandis once found on the island still survive.
Coconut palms planted by the guano diggers did not thrive, although a few dilapidated trees may still be seen. Introduced weeds, including the low-growing woody vine Tribulus cistoides, now dominate extensive open areas, providing increased cover for young sooty terns. Malden is an important breeding island for about a dozen species including masked boobies, red-footed booby, great frigatebird, lesser frigatebird, grey-backed tern, red-tailed tropicbird, sooty terns It is an important winter-stop for the bristle-thighed curlew, a migrant from Alaska. Two kinds of lizards, the mourning gecko and snake-eyed skink are present on Malden, together with brown libellulid dragonfly. Cats, pigs and house mice were introduced to Malden during the guano-digging period. While the goats and pigs have all died off, feral cats and house mice are still present. Small numbers of green turtles nest on the beaches, hermit crabs abound; the earliest documented Western sighting of Malden Island was on 25 March 1825, by Captain Samuel Bunker of the American whaler Alexander.
On 30 July, the island was seen again by Captain The 7th Lord Byron. Byron, commanding the British warship HMS Blonde, was returning to London from a special mission to Honolulu to repatriate the remains of the young king and queen of Hawaii, who had died of measles during a visit to Britain; the island was named after Lt. Charles Robert Malden, navigator of the Blonde, who sighted the island and explored it. Andrew Bloxam, naturalist of the Blonde, James Macrae, a botanist travelling for the Royal Horticultural Society, joined in exploring the island and recorded their observations. Malden may have been the island sighted by another whaling captain William Clark in 1823, aboard the Winslow. At the time of its discovery by Eu