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Jakarta and Mount Gede Volcano, Indonesia

6.2S 106.8E

January 19th, 2012 Category: Volcanoes

Indonesia - January 4th, 2012

In the upper right corner of this APM image is Jakarta, the capital and largest city of Indonesia. It is located on the northwest coast of Java, at the mouth of the Ciliwung River on Jakarta Bay, which is an inlet of the Java Sea. The city has an area of 661 square kilometres (255 sq mi).

Jakarta lies in a low, flat basin, averaging 7 metres (23 ft) above sea level; 40% of Jakarta, particularly the northern areas, is below sea level, while the southern parts are comparatively hilly. Rivers flow from the Puncak highlands to the south of the city, across the city northwards towards the Java Sea; the most important is the Ciliwung River, which divides the city into the western and eastern principalities. Other rivers include the Pesanggrahan, and Sunter.

Visible to the south, near the right edge, in the full image, is Mount Gede or Gunung Gede, a stratovolcano in West Java, Indonesia. The volcano contains two peaks: Mount Gede and Mount Pangrango. Seven craters are located in the complex: Baru, Gumuruh (2,927 m), Lanang (2,800 m), Kawah Leutik, Ratu (2,800 m), Sela (2,709 m) and Wadon (2,600 m). Historical volcanic activity has been recorded since the 16th century.

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