Sunday, May 6, 2007

Snail And Beetle Of Borneo.

Closeup of a snail in Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia, Borneo.

Neotonous female trilobite beetle Duliticola (Lycidae) in Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia, Borneo.

D`Artz: snail

Gunung Mulu National Park.

Gunung Mulu National Park is one of Nature's most spectacular achievements and the 'jewel in the crown' of Sarawak's expanding network of national parks. It is also the largest national park, covering 52,865 hectares of primary rainforest, which is criss-crossed by fast flowing rivers and clear jungle streams. Mulu is dominated by three mountains - Gunung Mulu (2,376 m), Gunung Api (1,750 m) and Gunung Benarat (1,585 m). Yet many of Mulu's greatest attractions lie deep below the surface. Hidden underneath the forested slopes of these mountains is one of the largest limestone cave systems in the world.

The oldest of Mulu's caves started to form about 5 million years ago when sideways earth movements resulted in the formation of both limestone and sandstone mountains, lying side by side. Millions of years of heavy rain and the action of rivers and running water carved out the vast subterranean system that exists today. The weathering process still continues; dripping water creates new rock features, limestone is slowly worn away, and underground rivers carve and sculpt the caves, transporting limestone debris to the cave mouth or redistributing it within the system.

Although Mulu is synonymous with caves, the 'Mulu experience' is not limited to underground attractions; above ground there is plenty to see and do. The park is covered in rich primary rainforest and offers a whole range of nature-based activities. There are some excellent jungle treks and mountain hikes, including the challenging trek to view the Pinnacles - 45 metre high, razor sharp limestone spikes that sit majestically on the slopes of Gunung Api.

D`Artz : Mulu

Mulu Pinnacles.....

Panoramic view of Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo Malaysia

View of the Pinnacles-Mulu National Park. Shot from Gunung Api (~1175m) after a step 4 hours climb.The Pinnacles in Gunung Mulu National Park Borneo,Malaysia.....

So peaceful and beautiful....
D`Artz : mulu

Mountain Aka Highlands....

A mountain is a landform that extends above the surrounding terrain in a limited area. A mountain is generally steeper than a hill, but there is no universally accepted standard definition for the height of a mountain or a hill although a mountain usually has an identifiable summit. Mountains cover 54% of Asia, 36% of North America, 25% of Europe, 22% of South America, 17% of Australia, and 3% of Africa. As a whole, 24% of the Earth's land mass is mountainous. Also, 1 in 10 people live in mountainous regions. Most of the world's major rivers are fed from mountain sources,and more than half of humanity depends on mountains for water.

The adjective montane is used to describe mountainous areas and the things associated with them.

D`Artz : mountain