Western Java, Indonesia – November 28th, 2008
This radar (ASAR) image shows us the contrast between hilly or mountainous landscape and densely inhabited areas on the western part of Java, one of the Indonesian islands.
Java is the most populous island in the world and one of the most densely populated regions on Earth.
In our image we can see one such densely inhabited area: the city of Serang, the capital of Banten Province. It appears as a white hub from which other white “arms” radiate. These are roads leading to other cities and towns, such as Merak, to the West, south of the peninsula that juts out into the Java Sea.
South of Serang is a mountain with a summit of 1600m, the highest visible in the image. The mountain below the former reaches 1200m, and the ridges to their west, 1000m.
The rather grooved-looking terrain of the peninsula visible at the top actually only reaches a maximum of 200m.