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The largest of the Schouten Islands of Indonesia, off the northwest coast of New Guinea. In World War II it was the scene of heavy fighting from May 27 to June 20, 1944.
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(Placename) an island in Indonesia, north of New Guinea: the largest of the Schouten Islands. Area: 2455 sq km (948 sq miles)
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an island in Indonesia, N of Irian Barat. 948 sq. mi. (2455 sq. km).
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Ikeda, C., and Coauthors, 2017: Stratospheric air sampling using a balloon-borne cryogenic sampler over Biak island, Indonesia (in Japanese).
The camera lens offers a window through time to the New Guinea battle campaigns in Dobodura and Saidor; the relatively obscure battle for Biak Island and capture of Mokmer Airdrome; the Philippine Islands campaign, the Battle of Manila, and much more.
Gressitt, MCZ): Biak Island Nepal 1961 (Seifert 2003) Seychelles 1968 (Seifert 2003) Chagos Archipelago 1971 (Seifert 2003) Sri Lanka 1988 (Seifert 2003) Fiji 1997 (J.K.
2) is the furthest west that substantial amounts of obsidian from western Pacific sources have been identified, although as mentioned, small numbers of pieces have been recovered further west on Biak Island (one piece from the Lou Island-Umrei source), Bukit Tengorak on Sabah (17 pieces of Kutau/Bao and Lou IslandUmrei), and at Lastimoso on Cebu (1 piece of Kutau/Bao) (Reepmeyer et al.
I first heard about the dance performed by the Sampari dance group when I visited a family on Biak island, during my second trip to West Papua.
June 7 American troops secure Mokmer airfield on tiny Biak Island, off New Guinea's northwest coast.
Like the mortars and pestles, the astoundingly large spread of stemmed tools (Figure 10) must be the product of social interaction that operated across a vast area, stretching from Biak Island in the west to Bougainville in the east (a distance of c.
Adrianus Kafiar, vice regent of the Biak Numfor Regency, represented the Indonesian government in handing over the cremated remains to a representative of the Japanese government on Papua's Biak Island.
The Biak Indigenous Council (MAB) held a special emergency meeting to denounce plans for Biak Island's Frans Kaisiepo International Airport to become a site for Russian missile launches in Indonesia.
(19) When the Americans landed on Biak Island two days later, the 7th Air Division tried to provide air support for the defenders, but since it had so few aircraft--most of which had to be used for convoy escort and air defence missions--it was unable to do so effectively.
Twenty-seven Japanese tourists were blocked Tuesday from visiting a historic cave that was used by Japanese soldiers during World War II on Indonesia's Biak Island, the state-run Antara news agency reported.