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Eruption of Paluweh Volcano, Indonesia – March 31st, 2013

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March 31st, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Indonesia – March 24th, 2013

An eruption of the Paluweh Volcano caused a thick plume of ash to blow westward and then south, across Flores Island and over the Savu Sea.  High-altitude winds carried airborne ash more than 440 kilometers (270 miles) to the southwest. Paluweh, also known as Rokatenda, is a stratovolcano mountain located on the small Palu’e Island, north of Flores Island in Sikka Regency in the province of East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. It is the highest point on the island with a height of 875 metres (2,871 ft).

Timor and Nearby Islands in Maritime Southeast Asia

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November 23rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Timor-Leste - September 24th, 2009

Timor-Leste - September 24th, 2009

Timor is an island at the southern end of Maritime Southeast Asia, north of the Timor Sea. The largest island in this image, it is divided between the independent state of East Timor (or Timor-Leste), and West Timor, belonging to the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara.

The island’s surface is 11,883 square miles (30,777 km²). The name is a variant of timur, Malay for “east”; it is so called because it is at the east end of a chain of islands. The closest of these islands belong to the Alor Archipelago (due north of West Timor), which in turn is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands.

Visible below the southwestern tip of Timor is the island of Rote, while the island above the northeastern end is called Wetar, part of the Barat Daya Islands, including Wetar.

Timor has older geology and lacks the volcanic nature of the northern Lesser Sunda Islands. The orientation of the main axis of the island also differs from its neighbors. These features have been explained as the result of being on the northern edge of the Indo-Australian Plate as it pushes into Southeast Asia.