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Mountains and Coral Reefs of Papua New Guinea

8.9S 147.6E

March 13th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Papua New Guinea - February 17th, 2011

This image shows southeastern Papua New Guinea, the world’s fifty-fourth largest country. The country’s geography is diverse and, in places, extremely rugged.

A spine of mountains, the New Guinea Highlands, runs the length of the island of New Guinea, forming a populous highlands region mostly covered with tropical rainforest. Dense rainforests can be found in the lowland and coastal areas as well as very large wetland areas.

Also, Papua New Guinea is surrounded by coral reefs, some of which can be observed in the full image to the right of the eastern tip of the island.

The country is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, at the point of collision of several tectonic plates. There are a number of active volcanoes, and eruptions are frequent

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