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Flores, Lesser Sunda Islands

Kelimutu volcano is topped by three colourful lakes: the Lake of Elders, the Lake of Young Men and Maidens and the Enchanted Lake.

Homo floresiensis are a diminutive species of human ancestors discovered on Flores who were less than a metre tall.

Krakatoa’s eruption in 1883 could be heard 5,000 km away and was 13,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

The Larantuqueiros or Topasses people originated from inter-marriages between indigenous people and 16th century Portuguese settlers on Flores.

The bright colours of the lakes on the summit of Mount Kelimutu are controlled by the amount of oxygen in the water.

The eruption of the Lake Toba super-volcano 70,000 years ago killed off the majority of early humanoid life on Earth at that time.

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