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Snowfall Near the Equator, Papua New Guinea – February 5th, 2009

February 5th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Papua New Guinea - January 22nd, 2009

Papua New Guinea - January 22nd, 2009

Papua New Guinea is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, occupying the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and numerous offshore islands (the western portion of the island is a part of Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua).

Papua New Guinea, with an area of about 462,840 km2 (178,704 sq mi), is comparable in size to Sweden, and somewhat larger than the US state of California.

The country’s geography is very diverse and, in places, extremely rugged. A spine of mountains runs the length of the island of New Guinea, forming a populous highlands region.

Papua New Guinea is one of the few regions close to the equator that experience snowfall, which occurs in the most elevated parts of the mainland. Some snow is visible on the peaks of the mountain range running down the middle of the island.

Dense tropical rainforests, with a lush green color, can be found in the lowland and coastal areas, as well as very large wetland areas surrounding the Sepik and Fly rivers.

Papua New Guinea is surrounded by coral reefs, some of which can be noted in the lower righthand corner.

The country is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, at the point of collision of several tectonic plates. There are a number of active volcanoes and eruptions are frequent. Earthquakes are relatively common, sometimes accompanied by tsunamis.

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Papua New Guinea

January 24th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Papua New Guinea - December 11th, 2008

Papua New Guinea - December 11th, 2008

Sediments and sun glint reflecting off the water give a good view of a river running through the Owen Stanley Mountain Range in Papua New Guinea.

The sun glint also creates a sharp contrast between the sea and the coastline, making the contours of the latter stand out, particularly along the southern coast with the Coral Sea and the peninsula to the North.

When the full image is opened part of a coral reef can also be seen in the lower left corner.