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Provinces of the Northern Arm of Sulawesi, Indonesia

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April 10th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Indonesia - March 5th, 2010

Indonesia - March 5th, 2010

The Indonesian island of Sulawesi has four principle peninsulas. Upon opening the full image, entire Minahassa Peninsula, or northern Sulawesi arm, can be observed. It is shared by two provinces: Gorontalo to the west and North Sulawesi to the east.

Gorontalo province has an elongated shaped area, stretching from west to east almost horizontally on a map, with a total area of 12,215.44 km2 (4,716.41 sq mi). The topography of the province is relatively low, with the elevation ranging between 0—2,400 m (7,874.02 ft) above sea level.

To the north and the south of the province are the Sulawesi Sea and the Gulf of Tomini, respectively. Gorontalo’s coastline length is more than 590 km (366.61 mi). The total sea area of the province is more than 50,500 km2 (19,498.16 sq mi). There are some small islands around the north and the south of the province, 67 of which have been identified and named.

North Sulawesi is bordered by Gorontalo to the west. The latter was originally a part of North Sulawesi until 2001 when it became its own province. The islands of Sangihe and Talaud form the northern part of North Sulawesi and border the Philippines. The capital and largest city in the province is Manado, with a population of about 2 million (as of 2006).