Musi River (Indonesia)

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Musi River
Sungai Musi, Air Musi, Musi River, Palembang Rivier, Sungai Palembang, Air Moesi, Kali Musi
Ampera Bridge at Noon, Palembang.jpg
Ampera Bridge over the Musi River
Musi River (Indonesia) is located in Sumatra
Musi River (Indonesia)
Location of river mouth
Musi River (Indonesia) is located in Indonesia
Musi River (Indonesia)
Musi River (Indonesia) (Indonesia)
CountrySouth Sumatra, Indonesia
Physical characteristics
 • locationBarisan Mountains, Kepahiang, Bengkulu
 • location
Bangka Strait, South China Sea, South Sumatra
Length750 km (470 mi)
Basin features
Average depth6.5 m (21 ft)[citation needed]

The Musi River is located in southern Sumatra, Indonesia.[1]

The river roughly flows from south-west to north-east, from Barisan Mountains range that formed the backbone of Sumatra, in Kepahiang, Bengkulu, to the Bangka Strait that formed the extension of South China Sea. It is about 750 kilometers long, and drains most of South Sumatra province. After flowing through Palembang, the provincial capital, it joins with the several other rivers, including the Banyuasin River, to form a delta near the city of Sungsang. The river, dredged to a depth of about 6.5 meters, is navigable by large ships as far as Palembang, which is the site of major port facilities used primarily for the export of petroleum, rubber and palm-oil. This river system, especially around the city of Palembang, was the heart of eponymous 7th to 13th century Srivijayan empire. The river mouth was the site of the SilkAir Flight 185 plane crash which killed all 104 passengers and crew on board in 1997.


The river flows in the southern area of Sumatra with predominantly tropical rainforest climate (designated as Af in the Köppen-Geiger climate classification).[2] The annual average temperature in the area is 24 °C. The warmest month is July, when the average temperature is around 26 °C, and the coldest is February, at 22 °C.[3] The average annual rainfall is 2579 mm. The wettest month is April, with an average of 344 mm rainfall, and the driest is September, with 99 mm rainfall.[4]


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  1. ^ Air Musi -
  2. ^ Peel, M C; Finlayson, B L; McMahon, T A (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification". Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 11 (5): 1633–1644. doi:10.5194/hess-11-1633-2007. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  3. ^ "NASA Earth Observations Data Set Index". NASA. 30 January 2016.
  4. ^ "NASA Earth Observations: Rainfall (1 month - TRMM)". NASA/Tropical Rainfall Monitoring Mission. 30 January 2016.

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Coordinates: 2°20′37″S 104°55′21″E / 2.34361°S 104.92250°E / -2.34361; 104.92250