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Mahakam River, Samarinda
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The Mahakam River is in Indonesia. It flows 980 km from the district of Long Apari in the highlands of Borneo, to its mouth at the Makassar Strait.The city of Samarinda, the provincial capital of East Kalimantan, lies along the river 48 km (30 mi) from the river mouth. The delta Mahakam river consist of specific micro climate which is influenced by high and low tide at sea level.SummaryThe Mahakam River is the largest river in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, with a catchment area of approximately 77,100 km2. The catchment lies between 2˚N to 1˚S latitude and 113˚E to 118˚E longitude. The river originates in Cemaru from where it flows south-eastwards, meeting the River Kedang Pahu at the city of Muara Pahu. From there, the river flows eastward through the Mahakam lakes region, which is a flat tropical lowland area surrounded by peat land. Thirty shallow lakes are situated in this area, which are connected to the Mahakam through small channels. Downstream of the connection with the Semayang and Melintang lakes, the Mahakam meets three other main tributaries - the rivers Belayan, Kedang Kepala, and Kedang Rantau - and flows south-eastwards through the Mahakam delta distributaries, to the Makassar Strait.GeologyKalimantan, where the Mahakam lies, is part of the Sunda Continental Plate. The large island has mountain ranges between Indonesia and Malaysia. As described by van Bemmelen (1949), River Mahakam rises in Cemaru (1,681 m) in the centre of Kalimantan, from there it cuts through the pre-tertiary axis of the island east of the Batuayan (1,652 m) and then reaches the tertiary basin of Kutai. Its middle course traverses a lowland plain with many marshy lakes. This intermontane depression is separated from the neighboring basin, the Barito depression, by a broad hilly tract of less than 500m altitude. After this region, the Mahakam cuts through the Samarinda anticlinorium and reaches its alluvial delta, which spreads like a broad fan over the shelf-sea, with a base of 65km and a radius of about 30km.
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  • Ini sungai terpanjang di indonesia, terbentang sampai ke berbagai kota & daerah di kalimantan timur. Tiap hari mah kita lewat samping sungai mahakam, krna jalan raya di pinggir sungai. Samarinda tepia...  more »
  • Sungai terbesar di Kalimantan Timur ini dilewati oleh beberapa kapal-kapal besar pengangkut barang, pengangkut penumpang, dan pengangkut minyak. Sungai ini juga sering dilewati oleh tug boat dan tongk...  more »
  • We have 3 days with a boat on the Mahakam River dangers. We came to the first morning in Muara muntai. This is a fun place, with lots of wooden scaffolding. Worth to walk through and make contact with the residents. Then we are with longtail boats jempang more direction to a Dayak village and then a tributary in even further. This was really enjoying: the mangrove, the activity in the villages, the monkeys and birds. Unfortunately we have not seen the samarinda on the way back to irrawadydolfijnen all in all very worth it!
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