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Vegetation Index of Western New Guinea, Indonesia

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January 24th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

New Guinea - January 12th, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of the island of Western New Guinea, the western half of the island of New Guinea that belongs to Indonesia. A central east-west mountain range dominates the geography of New Guinea, over 1,600 km (1,000 mi) in total length. Here, the vegetation index is lowest (yellow) by the peaks of this range.

Another major habitat feature is the vast southern and northern lowlands. Stretching for hundreds of kilometres, these include lowland rainforests, extensive wetlands, savanna grasslands, and some of the largest expanses of mangrove forest in the world. Here, the vegetation index is highest to the west (rusty red) and mostly good (green) on the right side of the image, in those southern and northern lowlands.

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