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WHEN STONES ARE BURNING ...

WHEN STONES ARE BURNING ... (65 photos) Send this reportage Send this reportage
The ecological hell of Java !
In Java, a hundred miles west of Yogjakarta, the small massif of Karangbolong is stretching out 20 miles along the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately, the idyllic landscape is becoming an hell condemning the area to destruction if authorities stay put.
© G. Robert./TheReportage.com
Categories: Environment, Geography, Geology, Human & Ethnology, Sciences & nature
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In Java, a hundred miles west of Yogjakarta, the small massif of Karangbolong is stretching out 20 miles along the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately, the idyllic landscape is becoming an hell condemning the area to destruction if authorities stay put. Hundreds of lime oven are working nights and days, burning tons of limestone, releasing a thick smoke falling down as a white dust penetrating everywhere. Without any preoccupation of environmental protection, these companies illegally destroy hills which have the characteristic of nesting multitple caves being explored by French-Indonesian speleologists.
Degradations do not stop there. Furnaces require a great quantity of wood torn off without understanding the surrounding forests. Then, banana trees, papaw trees as well as "jatis", a wood used in joiner, are replanted. Wihin twenty years, the landscape has completely changed. The dense forest does not exist anymore while the sides of the massif have been slashed by a multitude of human ants working non stop.

During a speleological expedition and a one month stay in a family exploiting furnaces, I produced a report showing the operation of this ancestral activity which, thank God, has now disappeared from French territory. Indonesian associations are trying to prohibit it, but time is getting short and degradations are irremediable.