Mahakam River, Samarinda

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The Mahakam River is a river in Kalimantan, 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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  • The crew of the boat was very friendly, the guide was nice and the cook on board was superb. We have seen a lot of the local life and enjoyed the beautiful nature. The minus was that our boat was brok...  more »
  • Mahakam is so wide. In particular like the sea. Transportation of coal, wood etc. to East Kalimantan. Fish Habitat fish Porpoises, Catfish etc. Interesting to dieksplore.
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  • This garden on the edge of the mahakam River good heck malem krn kan lanterns Yes jd good fitting flame lampu2nya.. During a time in regard to the TP jdnya jm3 there less 15 and blm is open waiting for new jd hahaha jm3 open.. Ticket prices/org 15rb ddlmnya there are bentuk2 hewan2, singapur2an lantern, monas, pisa, love, mirror a thousand shadows she said, paid maenan2 lg 10rb-35rb, no place hawker jg tp ga kongko2 make much anyway ... Oiya this place rich in stone of the hapless and it turns out that pas gw yg said his officers had asked MLG ya yg got BNS capedehhh.. Hahhaa There cm poto2 aja sih jd ga abis hot taste lama2 Tida ...
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