Weh Island (Aceh)

Weh Island (Aceh)

Weh Island (Aceh)

Weh Island is a small volcanic island located in the northwest of the island of Sumatra. The island was once connected to the island of Sumatra, but later separated by sea after the volcano eruption last time the Pleistocene epoch. The island is located in the Andaman Sea. The largest city in Pulau Weh, Sabang, is the westernmost city located in Indonesia.

The island is famous for its ecosystem. The Indonesian government has set a 60 km² area as far from the edge of the island either inside or outside the sanctuary. Sharks big mouth can be found on the coast of this island. In addition, the island is the only habitat for endangered status of frogs, Bufo valhallae (genus Bufo). Coral reefs around the island is known as a habitat for many species of fish.

Weh Island is located in the Andaman Sea, where two groups of islands, the Nicobar and Andaman islands, scattered in a line from London to the Burma plate.

This island extends along 15 kilometers (10 miles) at the northernmost tip of Sumatra. The island is only a small island with an area of 156.3 km², but it has a lot of mountains. Island’s highest peak is a volcano with a height of 617 meters fumarolik (2024 feet). The last eruption of this mountain is expected to occur in the Pleistocene epoch. As a result of this eruption, most of the mountain is destroyed, filled with the sea and formed a separate island.

There are four small islands surrounding Pulau Weh: Klah, Rubiah, Seulako, and Rondo. Among the four, Rubiah famous as a tourist dive for coral reefs.


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