The Lesser Sunda Islands
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The Lesser Sunda Islands

September 1, 2009
The Lesser Sunda islands stretch out across this image captured by the MODIS on the Terra satellite on August 18, 2009. These islands form the southern border of Indonesia with Australia. The grouping is spread across 1,200 kilometers from the western island of Lombok on the left to the eastern tip of Timor, the largest island in the image. The Islands are surrounded by the waters of the Indian Ocean as well as the Flores, Banda, Sawu, and Timor Seas.

In a few places, bright turquoise-blue spots on the water mark tiny islands surrounded by shallow waters: the Kepulauan Taka´Bonerate islands to the north, the Kepulauan Tukangbesi islands to the northeast, and the Ashmore and Cartier Islands (Australian territories) to the south.

There are a few active fires through the islands - each fire is marked with a red dot.

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