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Traveling :   I N D O N E S I A

Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. It consists of 5 main islands and about 30 smaller archipelagoes totalling 13,667 islands and islets of which about 6,000 are inhabited. The Indonesian archipalago forms a crossroad between two oceans, the pacific and the Indian oceans and a bridge between two continents, Asia and Australia. Because of its strategic position, therefore, Indonesia's cultural, social, politics and economic pattern have always been conditioned by its geographic position.

The Terretory of Indonesia stretches from 6008' north latitude to 11015' south latitude, and from 94045 ' to 141005' east longitude. The estimated area of Indonesia is 5,193,250 km2 which consist of a land territory of 2,027,087 km2 and a sea territory of 3,166,187 km2.

Indonesia's 5 main islands are : Sumatra which is about 473,606 km2 in size, Java and Madura 132,187 km2, the most fertile and the most populated, Kalimantan or 2/3 of the island of Borneo measuring 539,460 km2, Sulawesi 189,216 km2, and Irian Jaya (now Papua) 412,981 km2 which forms part of the world's second biggest island of New Guinea. The other islands are smaller in size.

The Indonesia archipelago is divided into 3 divisions. The island of Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan, together with the small island in between, stand on Sundashelf which extends from the coast of Malaysia and Indo China, where the sea depth never exceeds 700 feet. Papua on the island of New Guinea and Aru islands stand on sahul shelf which stretches from the north coast of Australia northwards, the sea depth of which is similar to that of the Sunda shelf.

Between these two shelves are located the group of islands Nusa Tenggara, Maluku and Sulawesi where the sea depth reach 15,000 feet. Coastal plains have been developed around the island of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan and Papua.

Indonesia's land area is generally covered by thick tropical rain forests where fertile soils are continuosly replenished by vocanic eruptions like that on island of Java.


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Two would-be fishermen rented a boat, and one caught a large fish.
"We should mark the spot," he said.
The other man drew a large X in the bottom of the boat with a black marker.
"That's not good," said the first man.
"Next time out we may not get the same boat."

Contributed by Florence Killam in the Reader's Digest, August, 1993.