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Mindanao, the Second Largest Island in the Philippines – April 1st, 2010

7.8N 124.8E

April 1st, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

Mindanao is the easternmost island in the Philippines. It is also one of the three island groups in the country, along with Luzon and Visayas. Mindanao is surrounded by seas: the Sulu Sea to the west, the Philippine Sea to the east, and the Celebes Sea to the south.

Mindanao is the second largest island in the country at 94,630 square kilometers, and is the eighth most populous island in the world. The island of Mindanao is larger than 125 countries worldwide, including the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Czech Republic, Hungary, Taiwan and Ireland.

The island is mountainous, and is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the country. Of all the islands of the Philippines, Mindanao and Borneo show the greatest variety of physiographic development. High, rugged, faulted mountains, almost isolated volcanic peaks, high rolling plateaus, and broad, level, swampy plains are found there.

Vegetation Index and Deforestation in the Philippines

7.8N 124.8E

March 9th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands bordering the Philippine Sea on the east, the South China Sea on the west, and the Celebes Sea on the south. Most of the mountainous islands are covered in tropical rainforest and volcanic in origin.

Although most the islands visible in this FAPAR image shows a good to high vegetation index (green to dark red), deforestation, often the result of illegal logging, is an acute problem in the Philippines. Forest cover declined from 70% of the country’s total land area in 1900 to about 18.3% in 1999.

Many species are endangered and scientists say that South East Asia, which the Philippines is part of, faces a catastrophic extinction rate of 20% by the end of the century.

Mahakam River, Borneo, Indonesia

December 9th, 2008 Category: Rivers

Mahakam River, Borneo, Indonesia - November 28th, 2008

Mahakam River, Borneo, Indonesia - November 28th, 2008

This radar (ASAR) image gives us an interesting view of eastern Borneo, Indonesia. We can see the mouth of the Mahakam River, which flows 980 km from the highlands of Borneo to the Makassar Strait. The latter connects the Celebes Sea (north) to the Java Sea (south).

The bright white area along the north bank of the river is the city of Samarinda, the provincial capital of East Kalimantan, about 48 km (30 mi) from the river mouth.

Closer to the mouth, we can see that the land is more fertile and used for agriculture.

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