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Kerinci Seblat National Park
Jambi, Sumatra / Indonesia
Earth's Natural Wonders in Asia
IUCN Category II (National Park)
The forest also contains many gigantic flowers. Rafflesia arnoldi produces the world's largest single blooms-the size of an umbrella, they reach three feet in diameter.The world's tallest inflorecense, Amorphophallus titanium reaches 12 feet and can weigh up to 170 lbs.
The park area includes a large part of the Barisan mountain range [1]

Kerinci Seblat National Park is the largest national park in Sumatra Indonesia. It has a total area of 13,791 km2, and spans four provinces: West Sumatra, Jambi, Bengkula and South Sumatra.


Together with Bukit Barisan Selatan and Gunung Leuser national parks it forms a World Heritage Site, Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra.

The park area includes a large part of the Barisan mountain range, including the highest peak in Sumatra, Mount Kerinci (3,805 m). The park includes hot springs, rivers with rapids, caves, scenic waterfalls and the highest caldera lake in Southeast Asia - Lake Gunung Tujuh.

The park is home to diversity of flora and fauna. Over 4,000 plant species grow in the park area, including the world's largest flower, Rafflesia arnoldi, and the tallest flower, Titan Arum. The fauna include Sumatran Tigers, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Sumatran elephants, Bornean Clouded Leopard, Malayan Tapir, Malay Sun Bear and 370 bird species.

The park is dominated by the Barisan mountains, including Mount Kerinci, at 3805m the highest mountain in Sumatra. The mountain is volcanic with a jungle terrain.

As of 2007, visitors are allowed to climb Mount Kerinci from the village of Kersik Tuo, but are not allowed to go further than 1km from the crater due to black smog seen.[2]

A climb to the top of Mount Kerinci or one of many other volcanoes shows an important and remarkable change in vegetation; lower trees, which are covered in mush and sub-alpine meadows and swamps at the top, gradually replace high trees. A remarkable flower on higher altitudes is the Javanese edelweiss Anaphalis javanica, which only grows on volcanoes. This flower usually reaches four meters in height and is colored white-green because of its small hairs; the flowers are yellow with white. The peak of the volcano itself is bald, because of the last eruption in 1934. The park also houses the biggest flowers in the world, the monstrous, flesh red flower of the parasite Rafflesia arnoldi and the two-meters-high flower-flames of Amorphophallus titanum. Find it more on VAI, to explore the exotic mount Rinjani trekking and adventures, there is no other tour operator you can rely on. Volcano adventure indonesia guarantee you will get what a volcanic adventure should give. Be ready to have extra pleasures and surprising unforgettable experiences that you may not imagine before. [3]

The park area includes a large part of the Barisan mountain range, including the highest peak in Sumatra, Mount Kerinci (3,805 m). The park includes hot springs, rivers with rapids, caves, scenic waterfalls and the highest caldera lake in Southeast Asia - Mount Tujuh.

 

Sekarang kita lanjutkan perjalanan ke taman nasional lainnya, yakni Taman Nasional Kerinci Seblat. Taman Nasional Kerinci Seblat terletak di 4 wilayah propinsi yaitu Sumatra Barat, Jambi, Bengkulu dan Sumatra Selatan. Sebagian besar kawasan taman nasional ini merupakan rangkaian pegunungan Bukit Barisan Selatan di Pulau Sumatra bagian tengah.

 

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May 20, 2009

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References
 
1. Travelers for Travelers- Kerinci Seblat National Park-retrieved 8/12/2009
2. Wikipedia- Kerinci Seblat National Park-retrieved 8/12/2009
3. Wikipedia- Kerinci Seblat National Park-retrieved 8/12/2009
 
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