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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.

Singapore and Strait of Malacca

March 23rd, 2009 Category: Rivers

Indonesia and Malay Peninsula - March 23rd, 2009

Indonesia and Malay Peninsula - March 23rd, 2009

Intense sun glint creates a stark contrast between land and water, making straits and rivers appear bright white, while islands in Indonesia (bottom) and Malaysia (top) are dark green.

The body of water between the two countries is the narrow Strait of Malacca, which stretches 805 kilometers (500 miles) between the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Off the coast of Sumatra lie Indonesia’s Riau Islands.

North of these islands lies Singapore, an island city-state located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. The microstate lies 137 kilometres (85 mi) north of the equator, south of the Malaysian state of Johor.

At 710.2 km2 (274.2 sq mi), Singapore, the smallest nation in Southeast Asia, is by orders of magnitude the largest of the three remaining sovereign city-states in the world (the others being Monaco and Vatican City).