Space shuttle photo of river deltas in Borneo

Space shuttle photo of river deltas in Borneo

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Caption: Space shuttle photograph of river deltas on the island of Borneo, near the border between the Kalimantan province of Indonesia (bottom) & the Sabah province of Malaysia (top). The border runs just south of the thin horizontal white line of cloud at upper centre. The three major rivers are (from the bottom) the Sesayap, the Sembakung (thin & looping) and the Sebuku, all in Indonesia. Mangrove forests & swamps surround the delta. A large sediment load is carried by the rivers. The Indonesian city of Tarakan is on one of the southern offshore islands. The photo was taken from the orbiter Atlantis during the STS-30 shuttle mission on May 4-8, 1989.

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Keywords: borneo, delta, environment, from space, geography, indonesia, malaysia, river sebuku, river sembakung, river sesayap, rivers, shuttle imagery

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