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Submitted by Agustian Hermanto on November 12, 2009 – 3:01 pm Comments

A couple of days ago, I came about a post titled “Out of the Blue: Islands Seen From Space” from the Wired Magazine. Their post really amazed me because of the beauty of the islands pictured from space. Then I thought to myself: “Hm… I want to see what Indonesia looks like from space.” And, as a result, here are the beautiful and extraordinary pictures I’ve found depicting Indonesia from high above.

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Pictured above are the largest islands of Nusa Tenggara. From left to right, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba and Flores. You can also see part of Java on the farthest left of the picture.

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Pictured above is the Sunda Strait that separates Sumatra (left) and Java (right). And as you may remember from our previous post, “The Day Krakatau Changed The World“, Anak Krakatau is located in the Sunda Strait.

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Java is the world’s 13th largest island and is almost entirely of volcanic origin. Java has more than thirty-eight mountains which have been an active or still active volcanoes. You can see from the picture above, Mount Semeru, third peak from the right, is the highest volcano in Java.

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Divided between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, Borneo is the third largest island in the world.

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Pictured above is the fan shaped Mahakam River. It is the largest river in East Kalimantan. It runs for 980 km and has a catchment area of about 77,000 km2.

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Pictured above is the island of Sumatra (left) and the Strait of Malacca. Strait of Malacca stretches 805 kilometers and it separates Sumatra and the Malay peninsula.

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Komodo National Park is made up of the three biggest islands and many of the small islands on the picture above. It is established in 1980 to protect Komodo Dragons, the largest lizard species on Earth.

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Home to 23 million of people, The great Jakarta is the second largest urban area in the world. Depicted from the picture above is the population and urban area growth in Jakarta from 1976 (6 million) to 1989 (9 million) to 2004 (13 million).

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The image above shows the sites of Bahak Nipah and Keudepate, Aceh, in 2001 (left) and January 12, 2005 (right). These areas were destroyed by the 2004 tsunami.

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Remember the folklore around Lake Toba? Pictured above is the magnificence of Lake Toba seen from space.

I hope you all enjoy looking at the pictures above and can see how extravagant Indonesia is. Here at Turisku.com, we always work hard to promote Indonesia – The Ultimate in Diversity.

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  • The one picture that really struck me is the active volcanoes in Java. It is just amazing to see how the peaks ringed by clouds.

  • Henry Lowis

    Love the Danau Toba photo!!! i was born in Medan, less than an hour drive from the Lake.

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