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The Alphazon

Description

The Alphazon is a small island located southeast of Indonesia that has been uninhabited since it first popped up approximately 1.2 million years ago.  The island is almost entirely covered with a dense forest, excluding the black sanded beaches surrounding the island, most likely created by the volcano that rests in the center of the island.  The island is home to many exotic plants and animals, as well as many that have yet been discovered as the last expedition to the island was in the 1950s.


Geography and Topography

The island is located approximately 25 miles off the coast of Indonesia to the southeast.  The size of the island is approximately 215,000 square miles, making it slightly smaller than Madagascar off of the coast of Africa.  The island is mostly covered by the foliage of the forest with a volcano protruding from the center of it.


Wildlife

Although the island has not been explored fully, records indicate from the last expedition that the island is inhabited by various forms of primates such as oraguntangs, lemurs, and gorillas, various amphibians such as tree frogs and poison dart frogs, and a variety of rodents ranging from squirrels to kangaroo mice.  The only known predators on the island appear to be tigers which only a few were seen, drawing the conclusion that the food chain was very small.


Hazards

The only known hazards to the island are the volcano that presumably created the island and its black beaches as well as the tiger population.  The volcano appears to be a stratovolcano that has been dormant for quite some time now; an eruption from it would be devastating due to the size of the volcano compared to the size of the island.



-Parker Van Every