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|This is just a glance at some of the thickest jungle along the rivers of southern Kalimantan. This jungle is close to inpenetrable even for a few metres.|
The host mentioned this river is 8-10 metres deep. Huge logs are brought down this river as if they are match sticks. Amazing sights.
Borneo is very rich in biodiversity compared to many other areas. There are about 15,000 species of flowering plants with 3,000 species of trees 221 species of terrestrial mammals and 420 species of resident birds in Borneo. It is also the centre of evolution and radiation of many endemic species of plants and animals. The remaining Borneo rainforest is the only natural habitat for the endangered Bornean orangutan. It is also an important refuge for many endemic forest species, and the Asian Elephant, the Sumatran Rhinoceros and the Clouded Leopard.
The World Wildlife Fund divides the island into seven distinct eco-regions. The Borneo lowland rain forests cover most of the island, with an area of 427,500 kmē. Other lowland eco-regions are the Borneo peat swamp forests, the Kerangas or Sundaland heath forests, the Southwest Borneo freshwater swamp forests, and the Sunda Shelf mangroves. The Borneo montane rain forests lie in the central highlands of the island, above the 1000 meter elevation.
The island historically had extensive rainforest cover, but the area is shrinking rapidly due to heavy logging for the needs of the Malaysian plywood industry. One half of the annual tropical timber acquisition of the whole world comes from Borneo. Furthermore, palm oil plantations are rapidly encroaching on the last remnants of primary rainforest. The rainforest was also greatly destroyed due to the forest fires in 1997 to 1998 which were started by people and coincided with an exceptional drought season of El Niņo. During the great fire, hotspots could be seen on satellite images and a haze was created that affected Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
Adapted from Wikipedia.
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Again you have carried me away to Goa, India the place of my birth.
Love this register; but then, I'm biased.
Its a pity that we MAN are destroying the only home we have ... MOTHER EARTH. Very well composed & presented.
A nice image of the deep jungle scenery, the photo has a good composition, DOF and beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.