Misool

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Misool
Misool is located in Maluku
Misool
Misool
Geography
LocationOceania
Coordinates1°53′41″S 130°5′1″E / 1.89472°S 130.08361°E / -1.89472; 130.08361Coordinates: 1°53′41″S 130°5′1″E / 1.89472°S 130.08361°E / -1.89472; 130.08361
ArchipelagoRaja Ampat Islands
Area2,034 km2 (785 sq mi)
Area rank205
Highest elevation561 m (1841 ft)
Administration
Province West Papua
Location of Misool

Misool, formerly spelled Mysol (Dutch: Misoöl) or Misol,[1] is one of the four major islands in the Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua, Indonesia. Its area is 2,034 km². The highest point is 561 m[2] and the main towns are Waigama, located on the island's northern coast, and Lilinta.

The inhabitants speak the Biga language and the Matbat language, as well as Indonesian.[3][4]

Other main islands of this group off the western end of West Papua are Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo, and there are numerous smaller islands such as Kofiau.[5]

Fauna[edit]

History[edit]

Misool was a part of the Dutch colonial empire under the Netherlands East Indies administration. The Japanese occupied the island in 1942, became the base of Imperial Japanese Navy until 1945.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google Books search for Misol Indonesia
  2. ^ ISLAND DIRECTORY. UN SYSTEM-WIDE EARTHWATCH Web Site.
  3. ^ Ethnologue - Biga
  4. ^ Ethnologue - Matbat
  5. ^ "Traditional kingdoms of Maluku, early 15th century, and the spheres of influence of Ternate and Tidore, early 16th century". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  6. ^ Allen, G.R., Hadiaty, R.K. & Unmack, P.J. (2014): Melanotaenia flavipinnis, a new species of Rainbowfish (Melanotaeniidae) from Misool Island, West Papua Province, Indonesia, aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, 20 (1): 35-52.
  7. ^ Allen, G. 1996. Melanotaenia misoolensis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 4 August 2007.
  8. ^ No. 92 of the Japanese Monographs — "Southwest Area Naval Operations, Apr. 1942 – Apr. 1944", 10 September 1947.

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