Birds Head and Bomberai Peninsulas
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Bird's Head and Bomberai Peninsulas

October 20, 2004
Visible from 800km away in space is the verdant rainforest that covers the distinctive Bird's Head or Doberai Peninsula of the island of New Guinea, together with the Bomberai Peninsula below it. This Envisat Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) acquisition shows the western part of New Guinea, just before Borneo as the single largest island in the tropics and the second largest island in the world after Greenland. New Guinea is divided between the independent nation of Papua New Guinea on its eastern side, and the easternmost - and single largest - province of Indonesia, Papua, the western half of which is seen here.

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