Kalimantan / Indonesia

Peeling Up the Mother Earth

Form above, as eagle may see, the mother earth of Kalimantan is peeled up forcefully with the monster machines of miners.


Accordingly to the list Mining Business License (Izin Usaha Pertambangan/IUP) which had been issued by the national government of Indonesia, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resource, Republic of Indonesia, in August 2016, it is possible to acquire image about the total width of exploited area for mining activities in Indonesia. Those lists consisted of all licenses that were issued by national and provincial level government.


The Kalimantan Island, with five administrative provinces, is the widest area with mining potential resources in Indonesia. It is approximately 3.664 Mining Business Licenses with details of 3.646 IUPs, 15 KPs (Kuasa Pertambangan/Mining Concession Amendment), and 3 SIPDs (Surat Izin Pertambangan Daerah/Regional Mining Authorization). With those numbers of licenses, the total area of explorated areas for mining activities is about 21.125.125,49 hectares.

If you are travelling by air crafts in Kalimantan Island, especially East Kalimantan, you will be able to witness the real condition of rain forests of this island. It is terrifying! The green areas are very small among the housing complexes and mining activities. Furthermore, the dense rows of oil palm plantations will also amazed you, then the exposed lands, huge holes of mined areas, and the giant machines of vehicles as convoys of ants from heights.


These photos were taken during the air trip with commercial airplane to some areas of East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Form above, as eagle may see, the mother earth of Kalimantan is peeled up forcefully with the monster machines of miners.

East Kalimantan Province is the area with a huge area of energy and mineral resource mining potential than other provinces in Kalimantan Island. Approximately 70% of this province area is mining area.
This panorama is mainly found during the flight from Balikpapan to Samarinda, East Kalimantan.
From the window of airplanes, the panorama of destroyed rain forests which is transformed as mining activities will be displayed. How many years does it need to regrow those huge jungles?
Berau District is also a coal mining area. From above, the exposed area of rain forests are appealing. This image was taken before landing at Kalimarau Airport, Berau.
The huge coal mining companies are growing and tearing apart the dense jungles of Kalimantan.
The giant vehicles and equipment are working day and night, and they are not stopping to dredge the mother earth for coal.
The equipment are peeling up the skin of mother earth.

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