Melting tropical glaciers in Indonesia. Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at melting tropical glaciers in New Guinea, part of the Papua province of Indonesia.
The glaciers are located on the Surdiman Range, which are located just below the equator but have high enough peaks to sustain small areas of permanent ice.
This image was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on board the Landsat 8 satellite.
The sovereign state is a presidential, constitutional republic with an elected legislature. It has 34 provinces, of which five have special status. The country’s capital, Jakarta, is the second-most populous urban area in the world. The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and the eastern part of Malaysia. Other neighbouring countries include Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Australia, Palau, and India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Despite its large population and densely populated regions, Indonesia has vast areas of wilderness that support one of the world’s highest levels of biodiversity.
The Indonesian archipelago has been a valuable region for trade since at least the 7th century when Srivijaya and later Majapahit traded with entities from mainland China and the Indian subcontinent. Local rulers gradually absorbed foreign influences from the early centuries and Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms flourished. Sunni traders and Sufi scholars brought Islam, while Europeans introduced Christianity through colonisation. Although sometimes interrupted by the Portuguese, French and British, the Dutch were the foremost colonial power for much of their 350-year
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory