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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Weh Island (Sumatra Indonesia)

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Weh Island (or We) is a small volcanic island located in the northwest of the island of Sumatra (Indonesia). The island was once connected with the island of Sumatra, but then separated by the sea after a volcanic eruption at the time the last time Pleistosen.Pulau is located in the Andaman Sea. The largest city in Pulau Weh, Sabang, is the westernmost city in Indonesia.
The island is famous for its ecosystem. Government of Indonesia has established the region as far as 60 km from the edge of the island either inside or outside the nature reserve. Sharks are a big mouth can be found on the coast of this island. In addition, this island is the only habitat of threatened status of frogs, Bufo valhallae (genus Bufo). Coral reefs around the island is known as a habitat for many species of fish.


Weh Island is located in the Andaman Sea, where two groups of islands, the Nicobar and Andaman Islands, scattered in a line from Sumatra to Burma plate. Andaman Sea is located in a small tectonic plates are active. Complex fault system and volcanic island arc formed along the sea by tectonic plate movement.
This island extends along 15 kilometers (10 miles) on the northernmost tip of Sumatra. The island is just a small island with an area of ​​156.3 km, but has many mountains. The highest peak of this island is a volcano with a height of 617 meters fumarolik (2024 feet). The last eruption of this volcano is estimated to occur in the Pleistocene era. As a result of this eruption, most of the mountain is destroyed, filled with the sea and formed a separate island.
At a depth of nine meters (29.5 feet) near the town of Sabang, underwater fumaroles emerge from the seabed. Volcanic cones can be found in the woods. There are three areas solfatara: one is located 750 meters southeast of the peak and the other is located 5 km and 11.5 km northwest of the summit on the west coast of the bay Lhok Perialakot.
There are four small islands surrounding Pulau Weh: Klah, Rubiah, Seulako, and Rondo. Among the four, Rubiah famous as a tourist diving for coral reefs. Rubiah a haven of Muslims who perform hajj Indonesia to sea before and after the Mecca
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