Thursday, 19 May 2011

Pesona Indonesia

Jamrud Khatulistiwa
Versi National Geographic

Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta
Photograph by Tony Hartawan

Jakarta’s Istiqlal Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world, can hold more than 70,000 worshippers at a time. Arab traders brought Islam to the region a thousand years ago. Today Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country.

Borobudur Temple, Central Java
Photograph by Mark Bell, My Shot

Borobudur Temple was damaged in an earthquake and buried for centuries under volcanic ash. Excavations began in the early 20th century.

Borobudur Temple, Central Java
Photograph by Mark Bell, My Shot

Construction of Java’s Borobudur Temple, one of the world’s largest Buddhist monuments and a World Heritage site, began in the eighth century, under the Sailendra dynasty. Framed by four volcanoes, it stands 105 feet (32 meters) high

Mount Semeru and Mount Bromo, East Java
Phograph by John Stanmeyer/National Geographic Stock

Some Indonesians believe that belching volcanoes such as Mount Semeru (in background) and Mount Bromo (in foreground) are portals to a subterranean world that has shaped not only Indonesia’s landscape but also its beliefs and culture. A long exposure time captured stars in this photo—and the brief balanced light from both a fading moon and a brightening eastern sky.

Goa Gajah, Bali
Phograph by Michael Nichols

The intricately carved walls of Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) on the island of Bali depict leaves, waves, animals, and demons.

Balinese Dancers, Bali
Phograph byWei Seng Chen

Opulent costumes adorn performers in a Balinese barong dance, which brings mythological characters to life in a struggle between good and evil, complete with choreographed fight scenes reminiscent of professional wrestling

Nusa Dua Temple, Bali
Phograph by Ariyoshi Rita/

Indonesian women take part in a procession to Nusa Dua temple in southern Bali, carrying offerings atop their heads. Southern Bali is also known for its beaches and five-star hotels.

Mount Penanggungan, Bali
Photograph by John Stanmeyer/National Geographic Stock

In a sacred pool on the slopes of Java’s Mount Penanggungan, men bathe beside statues of Sri and Lakshmi, the consorts of the Hindu god Vishnu.
Village Initiation, Bali
Phograph by Mario Andi Supria

Young men in the Bali village of Tenganan take part in perang pandan, a traditional ritual.
Rice Paddies
Phograph by Cho Kok Bin

Rice paddies cover terraces built into an Indonesian hillside. Farmers on Java are surrounded by more than 30 volcanoes, which provide the rich volcanic ash that allows them to harvest three crops of rice in a season—unlike farmers on neighboring Borneo, who have only one volcano.
Pura Ulun Danu Temple, Bali
Phograph by Muh Aulia

The water temple of Pura Ulun Danu on Lake Bratan in Bali serves the faithful in the mountainous area near Bedugul.
Carved Mask
Phograph by Justin Guariglia

Bali craftsmen create everything from carvings to paintings in hopes of catching a tourist’s eye. Traditional carved masks, called topeng, are also used in Balinese dances.
Minangkabau Women
Photograph by Kabir Malek

Young Minangkabau women in traditional clothes wait to perform a dance in Bagor.
Coffee Plantation, West Java
Phograph by Kristian Cabanis/

A woman pauses in an intricately carved doorway on a coffee plantation in west Java. Draped across 3,200 miles (5,150 kilometers), Indonesia is a cloth of many colors, comprising five main islands and 30 smaller archipelagoes, with a collection of cultures as diverse as its geography. Historically the center of wealth and power, the island of Java still dominates, though 250 unique languages still survive.
Coral Reef, Sulawesi
Phograph by Tim Laman

Scuba divers explore a coral reef off Manado Tua Island. The island nations of the tropical western Pacific cradle the richest coral life on the planet. The development of reefs owes much to oceanic volcanoes such as Manado Tua, near the northeastern tip of Sulawesi. The submerged slopes of the volcanoes give corals a toehold on which to grow.
Raja Ampat Islands, Papua
Photograph by Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic Stock

The islands of Raja Ampat may well be home to the greatest biodiversity in the world, with almost 600 species of coral, abundant plant life, and unique creatures, such as a shark that walks on its fins and a shrimp that looks like a praying mantis

Orangutans, Kalimantan
Phograph by Stanislav Fosenbauer

Orangutans are native only to Indonesia and Malaysia. The endangered great apes have lost much of their habitat to deforestation

Komodo Dragon, NTT
Phograph by Theo Allofs/Getty Images

Komodo National Park is the last sanctuary for the endemic Komodo dragon, native only to Indonesia. Largest of all lizards, it can reach a fearsome ten feet (three meters) in length.
Original Pic : National

Monday, 16 May 2011

Buaya VS Gajah

Crocodile Attacks Elephant

African Ambush
Photograph courtesy Martin Nyfeler

A routine trip to the water hole recently resulted in a life-or-death struggle for a pair of African elephants when they were ambushed by a hungry Nile crocodile (pictured).
Tourist Martin Nyfeler of Kloten, Switzerland, captured pictures of the wild encounter during a visit to Zambia's South Luangwa National Park in late September.
"We saw a mother elephant and baby at the water hole and said [to the guides], You know, what a cute picture, let's stop here," Nyfeler told National Geographic News.
"And suddenly the croc jumped out. The whole event took maybe 15 seconds."

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Spain Gempa

Spain Earthquake Pictures
Buildings Fall, Dozens Hurt

Spain Earthquakes' Human Toll

Photograph by Israel Sanchez, European Pressphoto Agency

Amid the rubble of two earthquakes in Spain Wednesday, a police officer (right) tries to console the daughter (center) of one of at least ten people killed during the natural disaster. Striking near the southeastern town of Lorca (map), the Spain earthquakes injured dozens, damaged historic buildings, and fractured highways, according to officials cited by the Associated Press.

The second, more powerful earthquake was a magnitude 5.3 temblor that struck at 6:47 p.m. local time, U.S. National Earthquake Information Center seismologist John Bellini told the AP. It came roughly two hours after a magnitude 4.5 quake rocked the town of 91,000. Both earthquakes originated from the same approximately six-mile-deep (ten-kilometer-deep) spot outside Lorca.

Situated near the boundary of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates, the Lorca area is no stranger to earthquakes, though most are too faint to detect without seismological tools, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. [Published May 11, 2011]

Bell Tower Toppled by Quake

Photograph by Juan Francisco Moreno, European Pressphoto Agency

A fallen bell tower lies at the foot of a church in Lorca after two earthquakes rocked the town in southeastern Spain Wednesday.

Schoolchildren frequent the church square in the early evening, and if the second earthquake had struck ten minutes later, the collapsed tower could have caused a "tragedy," according to a Spanish TV broadcaster who was on the scene, cited by the Associated Press. [Published May 11, 2011]

(Related: "Japan Earthquake Shortened Days, Increased Earth's Wobble.")

Earthquake Victim

Photograph by Israel Sanchez, European Pressphoto Agency

A blanket-covered body lies in the San Diego district of Lorca, Spain, after Wednesday's earthquakes. Throughout the town, falling bricks and other building parts injured dozens, and at least ten people have been killed. [Published May 11, 2011]

(See pictures of the 2010 Chile earthquake aftermath.)

Crushing Collapse

Photograph by Jorge Guerrero, AFP/Getty Images

Cars sit crushed beneath a flattened building in Lorca, Spain, after Wednesday's earthquakes. Elsewhere in the city, a collapsed car tunnel trapped drivers, while cracks shot through roads and overpasses, according to the Spanish daily El Pais, cited by MSNBC. [Published May 11, 2011]

(See 20 unforgettable pictures from the March Japan earthquake and tsunami.)

Earthquake Evacuees

Photograph by Jorge Guerrero, AFP/Getty Images

Lorca residents seek the security of the open air outside the town after two earthquakes sent buildings crumbling late Wednesday.

"The population is scared and are very afraid to return to their homes," a regional official told national radio, according to MSNBC. "There are thousands of very disorientated people." [Published May 11, 2011]

(Read about the science of earthquake prediction in National Geographic magazine.)

Original Pic : National

Chile Tsunami

Chile Tsunami Pictures
Earthquake's Other Aftermath

Chile Tsunami Aftermath

Photograph by Ivan Alvarado, Reuters

A resident moves debris washed up by tsunamis on March 1, 2010, in Constitución, one of the towns hardest hit by the massive February 27 earthquake in Chile. (See Chile earthquake pictures.)

Of the more than 700 fatalities of the Chile earthquake, many perished in Chile's small coastal towns. The towns were apparently unprepared for the tsunamis, which tossed boats and flattened buildings.

As many as 350 people died in Constitución (map) alone from 33-foot (10-meter) tsunamis, according to the Miami Herald. The town gymnasium has become a makeshift morgue, and a fishing boat sits in the middle of the public square, MSNBC reported.
"My dreams here have died," Karen Espinoza, owner of a ransacked bakery in Constitución, told Dow Jones Newswires.

"What the earthquake didn't take away, the sea took away. And what the sea didn't take, the looters did." [Published March 1, 2010]

Tsunami-Wrecked Boats

Photograph by Martin Bernetti, AFP, Getty Images

Tossed by tsunamis spawned by the giant February 27, 2010, earthquake, fishing boats lie in downtown Talcahuano, Chile, on March 1 (map of Chile).

The Chilean government failed to warn residents about tsunami risks following the giant earthquake, which hit before dawn, Chilean Defense Minister Francisco Vidal acknowledged Sunday. Tsunami warnings were issued, though, in faraway locales such as Hawaii and Japan, though those tsunamis proved to be small.

In Chile, 30 minutes passed between the quake and a large wave that inundated coastal towns, MSNBC reported. [Published March 1, 2010]

Tossed Like Toys by Tsunami

Photograph by Daniel Garcia, AFP, Getty Images

Seen on March 1, 2010, massive cargo containers are strewn across tsunami-damaged buildings in Talcahuano, Chile, following a massive earthquake on February 27.

Many of the devastated coastal towns have shut off water and electricity, and hundreds of thousands of survivors are in need of food and water. [Published March 1, 2010]

Chile Tsunami Survivor

Photograph by Martin Bernetti, AFP, Getty Images

Many towns along Chile's Pacific coast—such as Talcahuano, pictured on March 1, 2010—were devastated by tsunami waves set off by the February 27 earthquake.

Television images show houses torn from their foundations, cars tossed like toys, and the ground covered in shattered wood, MSNBC reported.

More than 75 percent of the village of Dichato was destroyed, community leader David Merino told MSNBC.
"After the earthquake there were three waves," Merino said. "The first two were big and didn't do much damage, but the last one almost wiped the village off the map." [Published March 1, 2010]

Roof Laid Low by Tsunami

Photograph by Martin Bernetti, AFP, Getty Images

Seen on February 28, 2010, a  roof lies on the coast alongside people's belongings after a tsunami generated by the huge February 27 earthquake hit the town of Penco, Chile.

Chile has been hit by numerous strong aftershocks, and looters have pillaged stores. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet ordered grocery stores on Monday to give away food in order to help victims and quell looting, ABC World News reported. [Published March 1, 2010]

Tsunami-Tipped Car in Chile

Photograph by Ivan Alvarado, Reuters

People peer into a vehicle tipped over by tsunamis on February 28 in Pelluhue, near the epicenter of a giant Chile earthquake that struck a day earlier.

The fifth strongest quake ever recorded has left more than two million people without shelter and many without food, which has led Chile to request international aid from the United Nations, USA Today reported. [Published March 1, 2010]

Surveying Tsunami Damage

Photograph by Victor Ruiz Caballero, Reuters

A police officer inspects debris in Pelluhue, Chile, close to the epicenter of the February 27, 2010, earthquake. The temblor generated tsunamis that slammed many coastal towns, killing hundreds.

Chilean rescuers used shovels and sledgehammers on Sunday to find survivors, many of whom are still trapped in the rubble. [Published March 1, 2010]

Original Pic : National Geographic .com

Saturday, 7 May 2011

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