Nias


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Nias

(nē`äs), volcanic island (1990 pop. 588,543), 1,842 sq mi (4,771 sq km), Indonesia, in the Indian Ocean, off Sumatra. Most of the population are descended from the Niah people; their economy is largely agricultural. The chief town is Gunungsitoli. Native handicraft is highly developed; megalithic shrines dot the land. The Dutch began trading there in 1669. The island is subject to severe earthquakes, that of Mar., 2005, being the most recent and especially devastating, killing more than 700 there and on neighboring islands.

Nias

 

an island in the Indian Ocean, west of Sumatra, that belongs to Indonesia. Area, more than 4,000 sq km. Hills and low mountains of volcanic origin with elevations to 886 m predominate. Equatorial evergreen rain forests grow on lateritic soils. There are mangrove thickets along the seashores and marshes in the north and east. Rice is grown, and there are plantations of coconut and sago palm and nutmeg. There is fishing. Gunungsitoli is the main port.

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The Nias Fund is an initiative of the Quiksilver Foundation - a non-profit organization committed to protecting and enhancing the quality of Boardriders' communities throughout the world in the support of environmental, educational, cultural and scientific projects.
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Integrated automated systems, which consist of fully automated instrument/reagent systems) currently represents the fastest growing sector and accounted for about 40 per cent of the 1992 NIA product market.
The most successful product group amongst the automated NIA systems are the conventional batch systems, which accounted for 30 per cent of the market in 1992, and which are predicted to almost double over the period under review.