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Sediments Around the Riau Islands, Indonesia

May 2nd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Indonesia - April 23rd, 2009

Indonesia - April 23rd, 2009

Sediments flow off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, around the Riau Islands, and into the Strait of Malacca.

The strait stretches 805 kilometers (500 miles) between the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra. Across from the Riau Islands, on the peninsula, is the city of Singapore.

Riau Islands is a province of Indonesia, consisting of Riau Archipelago, Natuna Islands, Anambas, and Lingga Islands. There are around 3,200 islands in the province.

Batam has a majority of the province’s population. Other populated major islands include Bintan and Karimun. Sizewise, however, the sparsely populated Natuna Islands are larger.

While the amount of sediments is densest, appearing golden brown, around the Riau Islands, sediments are also present along the entire coastline of Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula.

Sediments and Swampy Plains of Sumatra, Indonesia – April 4th, 2009

April 4th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Sumatra, Indonesia - March 27th, 2009

Sumatra, Indonesia - March 27th, 2009

Sumatra (also spelled Sumatera) is the largest island completely in western Indonesia. The interior of the island is dominated by two geographical regions: the Barisan Mountains in the west and swampy plains in the east.

In this eastern region, big rivers carry silt from the mountain, forming the vast lowland interspersed by swamps. Here, several rivers pour dark and light brown sediments into the sea, south of the Lingga Islands.

Even if mostly unsuitable for farming, the area is currently of great economic importance for Indonesia. It produces oil from both above and below the soil—palm oil and petroleum.