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2013-12-10 23:29:06

Mozaic Ferry Lines offers guests and golfers to Bintan Lagoon Resort more trip options and flexibility in travel with its new ferry timetable. Singapore (PRWEB) December 10, 2013 Moziac Ferry Lines has released a new ferry timetable, and added more trips between Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore and Bintan Lagoon Terminal, located at Bintan Lagoon Resort, from 16 December 2013 onwards. Guests of Bintan Lagoon Resort will now have more trips to choose from, with three ferry departure...

Sumatran Tigers Threatened Human Development
2013-06-27 15:14:59

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from Indonesian and American researchers in The International Journal of Conservation indicates that tigers on the Indonesian island of Sumatra have been highly susceptible to human development. "Tigers are not only threatened by habitat loss from deforestation and poaching; they are also very sensitive to human disturbance," said study co-author and Virginia Tech researcher Sunarto, a native of Indonesia, where people...

2013-05-17 10:59:24

Researchers have shown that, by using global positioning systems (GPS) to measure ground deformation caused by a large underwater earthquake, they can provide accurate warning of the resulting tsunami in just a few minutes after the earthquake onset. For the devastating Japan 2011 event, the team reveals that the analysis of the GPS data and issue of a detailed tsunami alert would have taken no more than three minutes. The results are published on 17 May in Natural Hazards and Earth System...

Sumatra Earthquake May Be Largest Of Its Type Recorded
2012-09-27 08:15:20

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a report due for release tomorrow in the journal Nature, researchers from the University of Utah, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and seismologists from the United States Geological Service (USGS), contend that the massive April 11 earthquake, centered in the Indo-Australian plate, actually ripped at least 4 fault lines. The earthquake, which at its strongest point, registered an 8.7 on the Richter scale, was...

Indonesian Earthquake: Update
2012-04-11 08:37:20

Lawrence LeBlond for RedOrbit.com Wednesday´s powerful 8.6-magnitude earthquake that struck off Indonesia´s western coast at 2:38 p.m. local time, was followed by fears of a tsunami, gripping a region that still had the 2004 tsunami -- one that ravaged numerous coastal communities along the Indian Ocean and killing more than 230,000 people -- fresh in their minds. But hours after the fears of a tsunami subsided, a strong 8.2-magnitude aftershock hit the region sparking a new...

Future Of Sumatran Tigers Threatened By Human Disturbances
2012-03-01 04:52:51

Three of the world's subspecies of tigers are now extinct. A new study found that the Sumatran tiger subspecies is nearing extinction as a result of human activities, particularly the conversion of natural forests into forestry and agricultural plantations, leading to habitat loss. The study, conducted by Virginia Tech and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is the first of its kind to systematically investigate the use of different land cover types – not just forests but also plantation...

Authorities Prosecute Illegal Orangutan Trader
2012-02-24 08:46:47

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) announced today Sumatra's first ever successful sentence of an illegal orangutan owner and trader in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The seven-month prison sentence is only the third for Indonesia, despite orangutans being strictly protected under Indonesian law since 1924. Although there have been over 2,500 confiscations of illegally held orangutans in Indonesia since the early 1970's, the...

Sumatran Elephant May Be Extinct In 30 Years
2012-01-24 13:08:04

The Worldwide Wildlife Fund (WWF) said on Tuesday that the Sumatran elephant could be extinct in the wild in the next 30 years. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) raised its listing of the Sumatran elephant subspecies from "endangered" to "critically endangered". "The Sumatran elephant joins a growing list of Indonesian species that are critically endangered, including the Sumatran orangutan, the Javan and Sumatran rhinos and the Sumatran tiger," Carlos Drews,...

WWF Cameras Catch 5 Rare Wildcats On Film
2011-11-17 13:19:05

The WWF said that its survey in the forest Bukit Tigapuluh (Thirty Hills) in Indonesia has captured five rare wild cat species on camera. The survey captured the Sumatran tiger, clouded leopard, marble cat, golden cat, and leopard cat on camera. All of the wild cats were found in an unprotected forest corridor between the Bukit Tigapuluh forest landscape and the Rimbang Baling Wildlife sanctuary in Riau Province. "Four of these species are protected by Indonesian Government...

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2011-03-25 13:15:11

An official said on Friday that an endangered Sumatran tiger died after brushing against an electric fence set up by Indonesian farmers. This is the second occurrence of a case like this since the beginning of this year.  There are less than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild and environmental activists say that the animals are increasingly coming into contact with people as a result of their natural habitat being lost due to deforestation. Provincial conservation agency chief...


Latest Sumatra Reference Libraries

Sumatra chicken
2014-06-19 14:35:50

The Sumatra chicken is a breed of domestic chicken that was developed on the island of Sumatra. It was first introduced into the United States and Europe in 1847 as a fighting chicken and in 1883 the black Sumatra chicken was accepted into the American Standard of Perfection. Males typically weigh up to five pounds while females weigh up to four pounds and both males and females have small or no wattles. Males will often have many spurs on both legs. The breed is known for its beautiful...

Sumatran Pine, Pinus merkusii
2014-04-17 13:47:45

Sumatran pine (pinus merkusii) is an evergreen native to Southeast Asia, primarily in Indonesia and in the mountains of northern Sumatra. Stands of Sumatran pine can also be found in Mount Kerinci and Mount Talang in central Sumatra, on Mindoro in the Philippines, and in western Luzon in the Zambales mountains. The Sumatra pine is the only species of the Pinaceae family growing south of the equator. The Sumatra pine grows primarily at altitudes of 1,300-4,900 feet but can grow as low as...

Mount Kerinci
2014-04-08 13:32:05

Mount Kerinci, known by many other names including Gunung Kerinci, Berapi Kurinci, and Peak of Indrapura, is an active stratovolcano that is located in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra. It reaches an elevation of 12,484 feet, making it the tallest volcano in Indonesia, and is located within Kerinci Seblat National Park. This volcano features fifteen lakes, the largest of which are Kerinci Lake and Gunung Tujuh Lake. The summit holds a deep crater that is sometimes slightly filled by a...

Orang Pendek
2014-02-15 11:08:00

The Orang Pendek is an ape-like cryptid claimed to inhabit the mountain forests of Sumatra. It has been seen and documented by local tribes, villagers, scientists and travelers for over 100 years. Although sightings have been throughout Sumatra, recent reports occur within the borders of the Kerinci Seblat National Park in Central Sumatra. The park is just south of the equator in the Bukit Barisan mountain range featuring remote rainforests. There are no photographs of the Orang Pendek,...

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2007-08-10 16:23:56

The Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus), is an arboreal gibbon native to the forests of Malaysia, Thailand, and Sumatra. Its range overlaps with the Lar Gibbon and Agile Gibbon. While the illegal pet trade takes a toll on wild populations, the principal threat to Siamang is habitat loss in both Malaysia and Sumatra. Palm oil production is clearing large swathes of forest, reducing Siamang habitat, along with other species such as the Sumatran Tiger. The Siamang can be twice the size as...

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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
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