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Fires Burning Across Sumatra, Indonesia

1.0N 102.3E

March 7th, 2014 Category: Climate Change, Fires MODISTerra

Sumatra, Indonesia – March 7th, 2014

Hundreds of fires burning across the Island of Sumatra release plumes of smoke that blow towards the southwest.

Clearing land for timber and agriculture is likely to blame for Indonesia’s latest bout of fires. According to data from Global Forest Watch – a new online system that tracks tree cover change, fires, and other information in near-real time – roughly half of these fires are burning on land managed by oil palm, timber, and logging companies – despite the fact that using fire to clear land is illegal in Indonesia.

Vegetation Index of Malaysia and Sumatra, Indonesia

1.2N 102.8E

January 18th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Malaysia and Indonesia - January 3rd, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of Sumatra (below), an island in western Indonesia, westernmost of the Sunda Islands, and of southern Malaysia (above). The two are separated by the Strait of Malacca. The vegetation index ranges from good (green) to high (rusty red), although it is generally higher along the coastlines of the two countries.

The longest axis of Sumatra runs approximately 1,790 km (1,110 mi) northwest–southeast, crossing the equator near the centre. At its widest point the island spans 435 km (270 mi). The interior of the island is dominated by two geographical regions: the Barisan Mountains in the west and swampy plains in the east.

Aceh Region on Sumatra, Indonesia

0.5S 101.3E

July 5th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Indonesia - June 21st, 2011

This image focuses on Aceh, a special region of Indonesia, located on the northern tip of the island of Sumatra. It is close to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India and separated from them by the Andaman Sea.

Aceh was the closest point of land to the epicenter of the massive 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which triggered a tsunami that devastated much of the western coast of the region.

Volcanoes and Lakes in West Sumatra, Indonesia – May 1st, 2011

0.6S 100.5E

May 1st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Volcanoes

Indonesia - April 30th, 2011

This APM image shows two lakes on the island of West Sumatra, Indonesia. To the west is Lake Maninjau, a caldera lake, and to the east is Lake Singkarak.

Situated between the two lakes are several volcanoes. To the east is Mount Marapi, a complex volcano and the most active volcano in Sumatra. Its elevation is 2891.3 m. To the west are the twin volcanoes of Singgalang (north-northeast), with an elevation of 2,877 m (9,439 ft) and Mount Tandikat (south-southwest).

Barisan Mountains on Western Side of Sumatra, Indonesia

0.9N 99.4E

March 18th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Indonesia - February 18th, 2011

This APM image shows part of the Bukit Barisan or the Barisan Mountains on the western side of Sumatra, Indonesia. The range covers nearly 1,700 km (1,050 mi) of the island.

The Barisan Mountains consist primarily of volcanoes. The highest peak of the range is Mount Kerinci at 3,800 metres (12,467 ft). The section of the range visible here is located mostly in the province of North Sumatra, near the border with the province of West Sumatra.