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Banda Islands

island group, Maluku propinsi (province), Indonesia. The islands lie in the Banda Sea, southeast of Ambon Island and south of Ceram. The largest of the nine islands, which have a total land area of 17 square miles (44 square km), is Great Banda (Banda Besar) Island. An inland sea, formed by three of the group, provides an outstanding harbour; the coral gardens beneath the sea are virtually unrivaled. Great Banda has coral rock to a height of 400 feet (120 metres), with lava and basalt up to 1,758 feet (536 metres). Mount Api, one of the island group, is an active volcano 2,200 feet (670 metres) in elevation; it caused extensive destruction in 1820 and 1852.

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