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Indonesian Island of Sumatra and Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia

1.7N 102.3E

May 11th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Malaysia - April 28th, 2010

Malaysia - April 28th, 2010

This FAPAR image shows the Indonesian island of Sumatra (below) and part of Malaysia on the lower end of the Malay Peninsula, although the entire peninsula including parts of Thailand and Myanmar is visible after opening the full version.

Most of the land appears green to red, indicating good to high levels of photosynthetic activity. Only a few areas appear yellow, indicating a low vegetation index.

Sumatra supports a wide range of vegetation types which are home to a rich variety of species, including 17 endemic genera of plants. The island has lost 48% of its natural forest cover since 1985, however, and many of the remaining species are endangered.

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