Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Stone Forest in The Giant Rock

Maros regency , South Sulawesi is known to have karst ( rock hill ) prehistoric relics is very broad, covering two districts namely Maros – Pangkep . Maros karst expanse spans 4,500 hectares , is the world’s third largest karst .
One unique in the karst area is the Stone Forest , a unique area with a row of stone cliffs like giant pillars towering to reach dozens of hectares of the total area . Each stone pillars that are interconnected on the basis of its banks , some of which form small caves and tunnels stone .
This area is located between the two border districts , namely Maros and Pangkep . Precisely in the north of Makassar , between 50 to 100 kilometers from the city of Makassar . This karst range can be seen clearly from the road connecting trans – Sulawesi Makassar – Pare-Pare .
The Stone Forest is one part of the wealth – Pangkep Maros karst which is thought to be the result of limestone dissolution process also called ” residual karst ” . The stone forest is very easy to find around the rice fields in Maros regency and Pangkep.
The location is easily accessible and is located in the village of Dusun Salenrang Rammang – Rammang . From a distance , it resembles a stone forest park with a wide variety of pandanus and palm trees. Some of the typical formation process of dissolving limestone landscape makes this region a prehistoric unique beauty . The stone forest is not only found in around the village of Salenrang but also can be found in the village of Leang – Leang, Soreang .
Besides having beautiful scenery , stone forest also serves as a water source for surrounding communities , especially in the dry season . Surrounding communities are very dependent on the water source is located in the middle of the woods with a stone down the narrow alleyways and winding . Although the water is slightly brackish because adjacent to the estuary , but people still use for bathing , washing and even for drinking and cooking . In the stone forest, there are at least five sources of water used by surrounding communities .

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