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The Islands of Viti Levu and Ovalau, Fiji – December 29th, 2009

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December 29th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Fiji - December 19th, 2009

Fiji - December 19th, 2009

This orthorectified image focuses on the island of Viti Levu, the largest island in the Republic of Fiji. Viti Levu is the site of the nation’s capital, Suva, visible on a peninsula near the Rewa River.

The island is home to 70% of the population (about 600,000) and is the hub of the entire Fijian archipelago. It measures 146 kilometers long and 106 kilometers wide and has an area of 10,389 square kilometers.

Geologists believe that Viti Levu has been submerged a number of times, and has been covered by lava and other volcanic materials. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions account for the somewhat rugged terrain of the island, which is divided into roughly equal halves by a north-south mountain range. The centre of the island includes the nation’s highest peak Mount Tomanivi (otherwise Mt. Victoria) rising to 1,324 meters.

Several other islands can be seen near Viti Levu, the largest of which is Ovalau, the sixth largest island in Fiji’s Lomaiviti archipelago. Situated 60 km north east from the national capital Suva and 20 km off the east coast of Viti Levu, the island is about 13 kilometers long and 10 kilometers wide. It covers a total area of 102.3 square kilometers and has a population of around 9,000, approximately half the Lomaiviti population.

Ovalau is characterized by its rugged topography, with little flat land apart from the Lovoni Valley in the centre of the island. The island is an eroded volcanic crater with a narrow belt of flat to udulating country between the encircling lagoon and the steep crater sides. The highest peaks are Nadelaiovalau, with an altitude of 625 meters, in the east, and Tomuna, 526 meters, in the south.

The Republic of the Fiji Islands – April 7th, 2009

April 7th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Fiji - April 5th, 2009

Fiji - April 5th, 2009



Fiji, officially the Republic of the Fiji Islands, is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean. It is east of Vanuatu, west of Tonga and south of Tuvalu.

The country occupies an archipelago of about 322 islands, of which 106 are permanently inhabited, 522 islets, and coral reefs, all of which can be seen in the close-up. The two major islands, Viti Levu (below), where the capital city Suva is located, and Vanua Levu (above), account for 87% of the population.

Fiji covers a total area of some 194 000 square kilometres of which around 10% is land. The 180° meridian runs through Taveuni but the International Dateline is bent conviniently to give uniform time to all of the Fiji group.

The islands are mountainous, with peaks up to 1,300 metres (4,250 ft), and covered with thick tropical forests. The climate in Fiji is tropical and warm most of the year round.

Viti Levu, Fiji

January 29th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Fiji - January 28th, 2009

Fiji - January 28th, 2009

Fiji consists of 322 islands (of which 106 are inhabited) and 522 smaller islets. The two most important islands are Viti Levu (the large island on the right side) and Vanua Levu.

The islands are mountainous, with peaks up to 1,300 metres (4,250 ft), and covered with tropical forests. The climate in Fiji is tropical and warm most of the year round.

Viti Levu hosts the capital city of Suva, and is home to nearly three quarters of the population.

Other important towns include Nadi (the location of the international airport, visible below the large bay on the west side of Viti Levu, on the banks of a river), and the second city, Lautoka (the location of a large sugar mill and a seaport, visible above the large bay).

Other islands and island groups include Taveuni and Kadavu (the third and fourth largest islands respectively), the Mamanuca Group (just offshore of Nadi, towards the center), the Yasawa Group (near the top), the Lomaiviti Group, and the remote Lau Group.

The radar image gives a sharp view of the mountainous terrain and of the smaller islands near Viti Levu. However, it does not show clearly the coral reef near Fiji.

Part of the reef, that which is under the black area to the upper left, cannot be seen at all. Another part is slightly visible: a grey line off the southwestern tip of Viti Levu actually marks the silhouette of a segment of the reef.

source Wikipedia