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The sleepy town of Banyuwangi is in east Java. The black sand of the "beach" is composed of volcanic ash. Banyuwangi is as far east in Java as you can go. Taken early morning from the vehicular ferry to Gilimanuk, in west Bali.

The mountain is Gunung Raung, an active volcano which last erupted in 2002. It is 3332 m high, or 11,000 feet. "Gunung" is indonesian for 'mountain'. This website has some great images of Javan volcanoes:

http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/javatour/mountain.htm

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