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Vegetation Index of Borneo, Home to One of World’s Oldest Rainforests

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February 17th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Indonesia - January 4th, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of Borneo, the third largest island in the world. It is located north of Java Island, Indonesia, at the geographic centre of Maritime Southeast Asia. The island is divided among three countries: Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. 

Borneo is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world, along with the Daintree Rainforest in Australia and the Amazon rainforest. The island historically had extensive rainforest cover, but the area shrank rapidly due to heavy logging for the needs of the Malaysian plywood industry. Despite this, the vegetation index is generally good (green) throughout the island, with patches of high activity (rusty red) scattered throughout.

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