Great Bukit Barisan Forest Park


The Bukit Barisan or the Barisan Mountains are a mountain range on the western side of Sumatra. It covering nearly 1,700 km (1,050 mi) from the north to the south of the island. The Bukit Barisan range consists primarily of volcanoes shrouded in dense jungle cover, including Sumatran tropical pine forests on the higher slopes.

Lined extends from Lampung to Aceh, Bukit Barisan seems to be the backbone of the island of Sumatra and split into two. Side of the east coast of the broader and ramps as well as the west coast of the narrow and steep.

As the backbone of Sumatra, Bukit Barisan plays an important role as a source of water from all the major rivers on the island. The rivers that flow into the west coast (the Indian Ocean), such as Alas and Batangtoru, or which empties into the East Coast (waterway), as Indragiri, Batang, and Musi, tipped in Bukit Barisan.

Since 1940s, the Dutch geologist, Van Bemmelen, began researching the uniqueness of the landscape in this region. He then wrote his observations in his book, The Geology of Indonesia, which was published in 1949. After that many foreign researchers and Indonesia were down Bukit Barisan for menelisiknya, one geologist of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), JF Katili, who examined the area this circa 1960s.


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