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Volcanic Peaks of Java, Indonesia – September 20th, 2009

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September 20th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Indonesia - August 31st, 2009

Indonesia - August 31st, 2009

Many volcanic peaks are visible in this orthorectified image of the island of Java, Indonesia, stretching from the city of Semarang on the north coast (top right) to the city of Yogyakarta on the south coast (bottom, right of center).

Three volcanoes seem to queue up on a line between the two cities: (from top to bottom) Mount Ungaran, a deeply eroded stratovolcano, Mount Merbabu, a dormant stratovolcano, and Mount Merapi, a conical volcano. The latter is the most active volcano in Indonesia and has erupted regularly since 1548.

Moving westward, two other striking conical peaks ringed by white populated areas rise up from the Javanese landscape: (from top to bottom) Mount Sundoro (also spelled Sindoro) and Mount Sumbing, both active stratovolcanoes.

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