Friday, May 24, 2013

See Indonesia from the air with the Royal Geographical Society’s Hidden Journeys Project

Indonesia has been selected for the latest flight path to be mapped as part of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Hidden Journeys Project.

The project aims to enliven the flying experience by providing interactive guides to air travellers about the parts of the world they fly over from departure to arrival (www.hiddenjourneys.co.uk).

The latest guide to be released covers the flight path from Singapore to Jakarta. Every year, tens of thousands of planes fly the short journey between two of Southeast Asia’s largest cities.

Although a mere 900km long, this flight path crosses thousands of islands that lie scattered along the east coast of Sumatra.

Bangka Strait, courtesy NASA
Riau Islands, C Yuli Chua
Each type of island formation can be seen on this flight, from the volcanic Riau Islands to the continental islands of Bangka and Belitung and the coral islands of Kepulauan Seribu (the Thousand Islands).
Thousand Island,s C Eric Wakker
Jakarta, C Alan Chan

The colonial history of the region echoes through each of the points along this journey; however, today it is the two global cities that bookend the flight path which exert their influence over the regions that lie between them as Singapore and Indonesia change and adapt to accommodate their growing economies and populations.

Commenting on the project Michael Palin, Immediate Past President of the Society, said: “Hidden Journeys is, literally, about seeing the world. And you’ll never want an aisle seat again.”

Hidden Journeys is currently working towards incorporating its geo-entertainment content onto moving maps as part of aircraft in-flight entertainment; in the future, thousands of people could learn about the fascinating parts of the Earth that they fly over in real time!

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) invites keen window-seat photographers to share their aerial photographs with Hidden Journeys via Twitter using the hashtag #FromTheAir and follow @HiddenJourneys on Twitter and Pinterest for the latest news and stunning images from the project.

Source: The Royal Geographical Society

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