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Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Malay Peninsula

3.1N 101.6E

March 24th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Malaysia - January 6th, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR┬áimage shows the city of Kuala Lumpur (visible as a bright white area towards the upper left), the capital of Malaysia, on the Malay Peninsula, and the city-state of Singapore (visible at the right edge), just off the peninsula’s coast. The peninsula is a landmass in Southeast Asia that runs approximately north-south and, at its terminus, is the southern-most point of the Asian mainland.

The Titiwangsa Mountains are part of the Tenasserim Hills system, and form the backbone of the Peninsula (more of this range is visible upon opening the full image). The Strait of Malacca separates the Malay Peninsula from the Indonesian island of Sumatra while the south coast is separated from the island of Singapore by the Straits of Johor.

Singapore is a city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 km north of the equator. An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia’s Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south. Singapore is highly urbanised but almost half of the country is covered by greenery. More land is being created for development through land reclamation.

Dikes and Levees by Coast of Netherlands – March 11th, 2012

52.3N 4.8E

March 11th, 2012 Category: Image of the day

Netherlands - December 28th, 2011

The bright white parts of this wide-swath ASAR image show the most heavily populated areas of the Netherlands. The country is among the most densely populated on earth: ranked 15th overall. The country’s geography is unusual in that much of its land has been reclaimed from the sea and is below sea level, protected by dikes.

The Netherlands can be split into two areas: the low and flat lands in the west and north. These lands, including the reclaimed polders and river deltas, make up about half of its surface area. An extensive range of seawalls and coastal dunes protect the Netherlands from the sea, and levees and dikes along the rivers protect against river flooding. Such levees and dikes can be observed in the full image, near the coast, appearing as thin grey lines crossing the bodies of water.

Rivers and Lakes in Orissa, India

20.9N 85.0E

October 8th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

India - October 3rd, 2011

This wide-swath ASAR image shows rivers and lakes in the state of Orissa, India. The most prominent river is the Mahanadi (Brahmani). The Hirakud Reservoir can be observed by the center left edge, with the Rengali Reservoir to the east.

Visible near the center of the bottom edge is Chilka Lake, a brackish water lagoon, spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Orissa state on the east coast of India, at the mouth of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal. It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest lagoon in the world.

Mountains of Hainan Island, China

20.0N 110.3E

July 30th, 2011 Category: Mountains

China - July 25th, 2011

This wide-swath ASAR image shows the Qiongzhou Strait, also called the Hainan Strait, is a body of water that separates the Leizhou Peninsula in Guangdong, southern China, to the north from Hainan Island to its south. The strait connects the Gulf of Tonkin in the west to the James Shoal on the eastern edge of the South China Sea.

Mountains can be observed in the upper left corner, near the border with Vietnam, and in the southern half of Hainan Island. Wuzhi Mountain is the highest peak in Hainan, towering 1,840 m above the center of the island.

Outskirts of London and Southend-on-Sea by Thames Estuary, United Kingdom – July 26th, 2011

51.5N 0.7E

July 26th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

UK - July 25th, 2011

This wide-swath ASAR image shows the southeastern shores of England, United Kingdom. Partially visible as a white area at the far left are the city of London and its outskirts.

The River Thames can be seen flowing through the city and later widening into the Thames Estuary. The bright white area on the northern shores of the estuary is the city of Southend-on-Sea.