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Mahakam River Meandering Across East Kalimantan, Indonesia

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February 23rd, 2010 Category: Rivers

Indonesia - January 25th, 2010

Indonesia - January 25th, 2010

The Mahakam River is in Indonesia. It flows 980 km from the district of Long Apari in the highlands of Borneo, to its mouth at the Makassar Strait. Here, it can be seen meandering across the province of East Kalimantan. It is the largest river in that region, with a catchment area of approximately 77,000 km2.

As the river flows eastward, it crosses a flat tropical lowland area surrounded by peat land. The land visible in this this orthorectified image is mostly flat, although some hills can be observed towards the left edge.

Ships in Harbors Near Balikpapan, Indonesia

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February 17th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Indonesia - January 25th, 2010

Indonesia - January 25th, 2010

Balikpapan is a seaport city on the eastern coast of Borneo island, Indonesia in the East Kalimantan province, a resource-rich region well known for its timber, mining and petroleum export products.

Two harbors, Semayang and Kariangau – ferry harbour, and the Sepinggan International Airport are the main transportation ports to access the city. In this orthorectified image, ships can be seen in the waters near the city.

The topography of the municipality of Balikpapan is generally hilly (85%), with only small areas of flatland (15%), particularly along the coast and surrounding the hilly areas. The hills are less than 100 meters higher than the adjacent valleys. The altitude of Balikpapan ranges from 0 to 80 meters above sea level.

Fan-Shaped Delta of the Mahakam River, Indonesia

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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.

Mahakam River at Mouth in Makassar Strait

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July 29th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Indonesia - July 12th, 2009

Indonesia - July 12th, 2009

The Mahakam River is the largest river in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, with a catchment area of about 77,000 km2 and a length of 980 km.

On its way from the highlands of Borneo to its mouth in Makassar Strait, the Mahakam passes by the city of Samarinda, the provincial capital of East Kalimantan.

The Mahakam originates in the Muller mountain ranges where it flows south-eastwards, meeting the River Kedang Pahu at the city of Muara Pahu. From there the river meanders eastward through the Mahakam lakes region, which represents an extremely flat tropical lowland area surrounded by peat land.

Further downstream, the Mahakam meets three other main tributaries (River Belayan, Kedang Kepala, and Kedang Rantau) and flows south-eastwards through the Mahakam delta distributaries, towards the Makassar Strait.

The land in this orthorectified image is mostly flat, with some rows of hills running vertically. Some plots used for agriculture can be seen on the delta by the rivermouth. Ecologically, the river is important as it hosts rare water birds and the Irrawaddy dolphin.

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.