Thought I’d share some images from around Indonesia. These are not pictures I have taken.
Residents in Banda Aceh were stirred with the discovery of a chest containing hundreds of dirham (gold) coins dating back to an ancient Aceh kingdom.The gold coins were found inside a chest when an oyster gatherer, female by tradition, was looking for oysters in a swampy area in Gampong Pande village, Banda Aceh. The chest was discovered not far from an ancient cemetery destroyed by the 2004 tsunami. (Jakarta Post)
A scientific expedition to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java (pictured) has uncovered biological mysteries on the banks of a newly formed lake. In addition to an unidentified dragonfly, the expedition found an areca palm that had never been spotted before outside Bali, the claw prints of a panther and the claw prints of a large animal that has yet to be identified. The new lake, recently named Ranu Tompe, was first detected in recent satellite images. It covers about 0.7 hectares, has an average depth of about five meters, and is located in an area of the park that is closed to the public. (Burufly)
Villagers sit on a truck as they evacuate to a safe spot, while Mount Sinabung spews ash at Aman Teran village in Karo regency, North Sumatra on Sunday. The volcano continued to emit volcanic ash, creating an 8,000-meter plume of ash, as thousands of residents remained in temporary shelters out of fear of more eruptions. (Reuters)
Indonesian scientists, working together with counterparts from the University of California, have announced the discovery of a new species of fish in East Nusa Tenggara. The new species, a flasher wrasse, was named Parcheilinus rennyae in honor of ichthyologist Renny Hadiaty of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. The wrasse – a striking and colorful fish – is adding further conservation value to Komodo National Park and the surrounding reefs of southwest Flores. (Photo courtesy of Conservation International)