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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.

Western Java, Indonesia – November 28th, 2008

November 28th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Western Java, Indonesia - November 27th,2008

Western Java, Indonesia - November 27th,2008

This radar (ASAR) image shows us the contrast between hilly or mountainous landscape and densely inhabited areas on the western part of Java, one of the Indonesian islands.

Java is the most populous island in the world and one of the most densely populated regions on Earth.

In our image we can see one such densely inhabited area: the city of Serang, the capital of Banten Province. It appears as a white hub from which other white “arms” radiate. These are roads leading to other cities and towns, such as Merak, to the West, south of the peninsula that juts out into the Java Sea.

South of Serang is a mountain with a summit of 1600m, the highest visible in the image. The mountain below the former reaches 1200m, and the ridges to their west, 1000m.

The rather grooved-looking terrain of the peninsula visible at the top actually only reaches a maximum of 200m.

source Wikipedia