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Pontianak by Kapuas River Delta, Indonesia

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March 10th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Indonesia - January 4th, 2012

Visible as a small white area near the shores of the island of Borneo is Pontianak, the capital of the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan. It is located almost precisely on the equator, hence it is widely known as Kota Khatulistiwa (Equator City). As can be observed in this orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image, the land near the city is mostly flat, while some hills are visible to the north and northeast.

Pontianak is a medium-size industrial city that occupies an area of 107.82 km² in the delta of the Kapuas River. The Kapuas River  is a river in the Indonesian part of Borneo island, at the geographic center of Maritime Southeast Asia. At 1,143 kilometers (710 mi) in length, it is the longest river of Indonesia and one of the world’s longest island rivers. It originates in the Müller mountain range at the center of the island and flows west into the South China Sea creating an extended marshy delta.

Heavy Sediments Released by Kapuas River, Indonesia

January 31st, 2009 Category: Rivers

West Kalimantan, Indonesia - January 20th, 2009

West Kalimantan, Indonesia - January 20th, 2009

The Kapuas River is located in the region of West Kalimantan, Indonesia. At approximately 1,143 km, it is the longest river in Indonesia, and is the major river of the western portion of Borneo. It is also the world’s longest river on an island.

The river rises in the mountains of Kapuas Hulu near the border with Sarawak, Malaysia, and flows west. It empties into the South China Sea about 20 km south of the city of Pontianak.

Despite the partial cloud cover over the Borneo mainland, the river is easily identifiable at its mouth due to the dark brown sediments spilling into the South China Sea. Lighter tan sediments are present all along the coastline, as is a green algal bloom.

The river drains the extensive Lake Sentarum area, an extensive protected reserve of wetlands and freshwater lakes, and intermittently flooded forests.

Navigable over most of its length, the river is an essential transportation corridor in West Kalimantan. It is used for transportation of timber out of the island’s interior, and for access to settlements along the river.

The river has one bridge across it, near Sanggau, approximately four hundred kilometers from its mouth.

source Wikipedia