JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The swiftness of Indonesia's development rate can be seen from some satellite photos showing bright and dim lights in five major islands in Indonesia.
As quoted from amp.dw, Tuesday (9/12/2017) satellite images of night photos published by space agency NASA revealed the map of distribution of Indonesian population and the imbalance of prosperity, especially in the East.
More than half of Indonesia's population inhabits Java. Not surprisingly, in the night photos of satellite images released by NASA, Java is the most illuminated with urban and rural lights. On the contrary in East and Kalimantan the darkness still dominates.
In Kalimantan the city of Banjarmasin shines. The southern part of Kalimantan is dominated by forests and plantations. The Borneo's lights, among others, shine from the cities of Banjarmasin, Balikpapan, Samarinda and Bontang. As for Pontianak, it becomes the only glowing city in the western region (top left).
In Manado and North Maluku, Manado city looks like a beacon in the north of Indonesia. The only city that can compete with the sparkling city of half a million people is Gorontalo (center) and Ternate in North Maluku.
In Sumatra, the lights are from the neighboring country, the city of Pekanbaru, Medan and Padang in Indonesia. Meanwhile Singapore and Kuala Lumpur shine more brilliant in neighboring countries. In contrast to Java, the population spread on the island of Sumatra is more concentrated in cities and villages.
Papua is pitch black, as if Papua is drowned in darkness. Little light can be seen in the cities of Jayapura, Oksibil, Marauke, Timika, Sorong and Manokwari. Uniquely the area which should be the darkest one, the peak of Jaya, is bathed in light from Freeport's Grasberg mine.
Java is so sparkling, as many as 130 million people crowd the island of Java from Jakarta (left) to Surabaya (right). Interestingly, the inhabitants live not only in urban areas but also inhabit the main connecting routes among the cities. Similar images are rarely found in other islands in Indonesia. (*)