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 aircrafts in Kalimantan Island, especially East Kalimantan, you will be able to witness the real condition of rainforests 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.