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Islands Too Numerous to Count

Indonesia's Official Island Count Revised Upwards.

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Indonesia Digest, the prestigious weekly e-mail newsletter published by Strategic Communications, reports that Indonesia's official island count continues to grow.

According to Mr. Hatta Radjasa, Indonesia's Minister of Research and Technology, the countries total island inventory now stands at 18,110. An increase of 3.4% over the old "official" count of 17,508 emerald isles, and a whopping 39% more than an earlier island count of 13,000.

Can islands reproduce? Or, is this some sinister proof of an ongoing plot to expand the territorial boundaries of Indonesia?

In fact, modern satellite imagery studied by Indonesian geographers have confirmed the new, higher island count. Those same studies now estimate the Country's shore line's length at 108,000 miles, an increase from the earlier estimate of 80,000 miles.

Sadly, the latest satellite pictures also reveal a degradation of the reefs surrounding the nation's islands, now down by some 60%.

One question remains unaddressed by the latest tally of total islands falling within Indonesia's national boundaries: Was the Count made at low or high tide?

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