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Fan-Shaped Delta of the Mahakam River, Indonesia

0.5S 117.1E

September 9th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Borneo, Indonesia - September 4th, 2009

Borneo, Indonesia - September 4th, 2009

The Mahakam River makes its way from the highlands of the Indonesian island of Borneo, past the city of Samarinda, to its spectacular fan-shaped delta on the Makassar Strait.

The largest river in East Kalimantan, Indonesia,  it is 980 km long and has a catchment area of about 77,000 km2. Here, the radar imagery makes it possible to observe the motion of the water flowing out into the strait between the lobes of the delta.

Some rows of hills, about 100 meters high, cut vertically through the otherwise flat terrain visible in this orthorectified image. In the full-size version, the seaport city of Balikpapan can be seen further south. The small city has two main harbors: Semayang and Kariangau.

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