from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- 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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- proper n. A small island north of New Guinea.
- proper n. A language spoken on this island and others near it.
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Scattered about in the waters of the great Geelvink Bay are many islands of various sizes, such as Biak or Wiak, Jappen or Jobi, Run or Ron, Noomfor, and many more.
Kazan wrote that he was present in 1945 on the Pacific island of Biak when his newly released film "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" was shown to a battle-scarred audience of American soldiers and nurses.
Then at Biak they said no one would get out alive.
Manokwari (Januari/5/2009) - Two-time major earthquake and more than one hundred times of the earthquake continuation shocks the Manokwari and Sorong, West Papua province, and Biak, Papua Province.
After taking two smaller islands, regiments from the 41st Infantry Division assaulted Biak on May 27, 1944.
Yapen and Biak islands, which MacKinnon combined within biounit P3c, were delineated as separate ecoregions; Yapen Rain Forests and Biak-Numfoor Rain Forests, respectively, were based on recommendations by Bob Johns (vegetation) and the patterns of mammal distribution.
The mammal fauna consists of thirty-seven species, including a near endemic that Yapen shares with Biak and Numfoor islands (Yapen rat, Rattus jobiensis) (Table 1).
This small ecoregion is made up of the islands of Biak, Supiori (to 850 meters), and Numfoor (to 204 meters) (and small outlying islands) in Cenderawasih (Geelvink) Bay, approximately 50 kilometers off the northwestern coast of Irian Jaya, Indonesia, on the island of New Guinea.
Biak and Supiori are both transmigration sites as well.
The surface geology of this ecoregion consists mostly of extremely rugged limestone mountains, with an additional section of argillaceous sedimentary rock on Biak.
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