Sunday, July 25, 2010
Mt. Merapi, Indonesia
Mt. Merapi, located on the island of Java, is the most active volcano in Indonesia. "Api" means "fire" in Indonesian. Smoke can be seen emerging from the top at least 300 days out of the year, and Merapi has been designated a "decade volcano" by the International Association of Volcanology: particularly worthy of study due to its history of large, destructive eruptions and proximity to the city of Yogyakarta (pop. 511,744). I got this card from Shinta for the mountain and forest tag.
These stamps are (obviously) from the issue commemorating Indonesia's hosting the 2009 World Ocean Conference. On the right is Goldback Anthias (Pseudanthias evansi), and on the left anemone shrimp (family Hippolytidae).