Kamis, 23 Juni 2011


enough ?

how about this :

Rabu, 10 November 2010

Mount Merapi

Mount Merapi, Gunung Merapi (literally Mountain of Fire in Indonesian/Javanese), is an active stratovolcano located on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is the most active volcano in Indonesia and has erupted regularly since 1548. It is located approximately 28 kilometres (17 mi) north of Yogyakarta city, and thousands of people live on the flanks of the volcano, with villages as high as 1,700 metres (5,600 ft) above sea level.

The name Merapi could be loosely translated as 'Mountain of Fire' from the Javanese combined words; Meru means "mountain" and api means "fire". Smoke can be seen emerging from the mountaintop at least 300 days a year, and several eruptions have caused fatalities. Hot gas from a large explosion killed 27 people on November 22 in 1994, mostly in the town of Muntilan, west of the volcano.Another large eruption occurred in 2006, shortly before the Yogyakarta earthquake. In light of the hazards that Merapi poses to populated areas, it has been designated as one of the Decade Volcanoes.

Merapi is the youngest in a group of volcanoes in southern Java. It is situated at a subduction zone, where the Indo-Australian Plate is sliding beneath the Eurasian Plate. It is one of at least 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, part of the Pacific Ring of Fire – a section of fault lines stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and South East Asia.Stratigraphic analysis reveals that eruptions in the Merapi area began about 400,000 years ago, and from then until about 10,000 years ago, eruptions were typically effusive, and the outflowing lava emitted was basaltic. Since then, eruptions have become more explosive, with viscous andesitic lavas often generating lava domes. Dome collapse has often generated pyroclastic flows, and larger explosions, which have resulted in eruption columns, have also generated pyroclastic flows through column collapse.

Merapi in 1930Typically, small eruptions occur every two to three years, and larger ones every 10–15 years or so. Notable eruptions, often causing many deaths, have occurred in 1006, 1786, 1822, 1872, and 1930—when thirteen villages were destroyed and 1400 people killed by pyroclastic flows.

A very large eruption in 1006 is claimed to have covered all of central Java with ash. The volcanic devastation is claimed to have led to the collapse of the Hindu Kingdom of Mataram, however there is insufficient evidence from that era for this to be substantiated
In April 2006, increased seismicity at more regular intervals and a detected bulge in the volcano's cone indicated that fresh eruptions were imminent. Authorities put the volcano's neighboring villages on high alert and local residents prepared for a likely evacuation. On April 19 smoke from the crater reached a height of 400 metres (1,300 ft), compared to 75 metres (246 ft) the previous day. On April 23, after nine surface tremors and some 156 multifaced quakes signalled movements of magma, some 600 elderly and infant residents of the slopes were evacuated.

By early May, active lava flows had begun. On May 11, with lava flow beginning to be constant, some 17,000 people were ordered to be evacuated from the area and on May 13, Indonesian authorities raised the alert status to the highest level, ordering the immediate evacuation of all residents on the mountain.Many villagers defied the dangers posed by the volcano and returned to their villages, fearing that their livestock and crops would be vulnerable to theft.Activity calmed by the middle of May.

On May 27, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck roughly 50 km (30 miles) southwest of Merapi, killing at least 5,000 and leaving at least 200,000 people homeless in the Yogyakarta region, heightening fears that Merapi would "blow".[11] The quake did not appear to be a long-period oscillation, a seismic disturbance class that is increasingly associated with major volcanic eruptions. A further 11,000 villagers were evacuated on June 6 as lava and superheated clouds of gas poured repeatedly down its upper slopes towards Kaliadem, a location that was located southeast of Mt. Merapi.[12] The pyroclastic flows are known locally as "wedhus gembel" (Javanese for "shaggy goat"). There were two fatalities as the result of the eruption.

On 25 October 2010 the Indonesian government raised the alert for Mount Merapi to its highest level and warned villagers in threatened areas to move to safer ground. People living within a 20 km (12.5 mile) zone were told to evacuate. Officials said about 500 volcanic earthquakes had been recorded on the mountain over the weekend of 23–24 October, and that the magma had risen to about 1 kilometre (3,300 ft) below the surface due to the seismic activity. On the afternoon of 25 October 2010 Mount Merapi erupted lava from its southern and southeastern slopes.

In late October 2010 the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, Geological Agency (CVGHM), (Indonesian language—Pusat Vulkanologi & Mitigasi Bencana Geologi, Badan Geologi-PVMBG), reported that a pattern of increasing seismicity from Merapi had begun to emerge in early September.

Observers at Babadan 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) west and Kaliurang 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of the mountain reported hearing an avalanche on 12 September 2010.

On 13 September 2010 white plumes were observed rising 800 metres (2,600 ft) above the crater. Lava dome inflation, detected since March, increased from background levels of 0.1 millimetres (0.0039 in) to 0.3 millimetres (0.012 in) per day to a rate of 11 millimetres (0.43 in) per day on 16 September.

On 19 September 2010 earthquakes continued to be numerous, and the next day CVGHM raised the Alert Level to 2 (on a scale of 1–4).Lava from Mount Merapi in Central Java began flowing down the Gendol River on 23–24 October signalling the likelihood of an imminent eruption.

On 25 October 2010 the Indonesian government raised the alert for Mount Merapi to its highest leveland warned villagers in threatened areas to move to safer ground. People living within a 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) zone were told to evacuate. The evacuation orders affected at least 19,000 people however the number that complied at the time remained unclear to authorities.Officials said about 500 volcanic earthquakes had been recorded on the mountain over the weekend of 23–24 October, and that the magma had risen to about 1 kilometre (3,300 ft) below the surface due to the seismic activity

After a period of multiple eruptions considered to exceed the intensity and duration of those in 1872 on 10 November 2010 the intensity and frequency of eruptions was noticed to subside.By this time 153 people had been reported to have been killed and 320,000 were displaced.

On Monday afternoon 25 October 2010 Merapi erupted three times, spewing lava down its southern and southeastern slopes. Three major eruptions were recorded at 14:04, 14:24 and 15:15.On 25 October 222 volcanic seismic events and 454 avalanche seismic events were recorded by Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation monitoring staff at Merapi.

The eruptions on 26 October started at 17:02. By 18:54 pyroclastic activity had begun to subside following 12 eruption associated events being recorded by CVGHM monitors. In the 24 hours of 26 October 232 volcanic seismic events, 269 avalanche seismic events, 4 lava flow seismic events and 6 heat clouds were recorded by Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation monitoring staff at Merapi. The eruptive events of 26 October were classified as an explosive event with volcanic bursts of ejected material, visible flame and pyroclastic hot air flows. A column of smoke rose from the top to a vertical distance of 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) from the summit of the Mount Merapi.

On Friday 29 October eruptive activity included lava ejection with hot ash clouds reported to be flowing 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) down the slopes of the mountain and lasting four to nine minutes. Ash falls reached as far as the Central Java town of Magelang. Scientists monitoring the volcano including Surono, chief of the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) were optimistic that the volcanic activity should decrease following the release of lava. Safari Dwiyono, a scientist monitoring Mt. Merapi for 15 years, said the volcanic activity appeared to be easing pressure behind a lava dome that had formed in the crater.

By early on the morning of Saturday 30 October the volcano was erupting again. Sri Sumarti, head of the Merapi section at the Volcano Investigation and Technology Development Institution (BPPTK), reported the eruptions were louder and stronger than the eruptions of the 26 October. Those earlier eruptions on the previous Tuesday killed 34 people. Ash from the eruptions on 30 October fell more than 30 kilometres (19 mi) away and now included ash falls upon the city of Yogyakarta. Soldiers and police posted nearest the volcano were seen fleeing along with hundreds of residents quickly clogging roads with cars and motorcycles. Black soot fell across a vast area. The morning eruptions lasted for 22 minutes and heat clouds flowed into the Krasak and Boyong Rivers also rising 3.5 kilometres (11,000 ft) into the air, westward toward Magelang. Yogyakarta’s Adisucipto Airport was temporarily closed from 05:00 to 07:00. On 30 October, Subandrio, head of the BPPTK, suggested there would be further eruptions as lava continued to push its way up into the volcano's lava dome.

On 3 November heat clouds travelled up to 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away from the eruption forcing the government to evacuate people from within the refugee camps set up to accommodate those already dislocated by the volcano. Eruptions on the afternoon of Wednesday 3 November followed a morning eruption that sent hot gas clouds down the volcano's slopes. The volcano spewed clouds of ash and gas 5 kilometres (16,000 ft) into the sky for more than an hour on 3 November. The eruptions of that day were reported as being the largest since the eruptions commenced.

Surono, head of Indonesia's vulcanology agency announced on 3 November that he was moving the shelters to 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) away from the summit. Speaking on Indonesia's Metro TV network he said, "this is the first time that the eruption has continued for more than an hour, so I decided to move the shelters to 15 km away from the summit". The shelters had previously been set up 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away. Surono added that the energy from the eruption on 3 November was three times greater than that of the first eruption in the previous week.Bambang Ervan, a spokesman from the Transportation Ministry, said an official warning had been issued to all airlines to “use alternative routes for safety reasons due to the volcanic ash.” From 2 November several airlines including Garuda, AirAsia and Silkair international flights to both Yogyakarta and Solo were either suspended or re-routed due to the eruptive activity.

Heavy rain during the night of 3-4 November triggered lahars with mixtures of water and rock debris cascading down the Kuning, Gendol, Woro, Boyong, Krasak and Opak rivers on the slopes of the volcano. A bridge was destroyed and riverbanks damaged. The eruption at 05:55 on the morning of 4 November was reported as being five times stronger than the initial eruption on 26 October 2010. On 4 November Merapi had been erupting for 24 hours without stopping. Heat clouds of 600 to 800 degrees Celsius spread as far as 11.5 kilometers from the crater reaching toward the edge of the then 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) exclusion zone, and lava flowed into the mountain’s rivers.

Merapi erupted early on Friday 5 November 2010. Volcanic ash fell at Cangkringan village and its surroundings 10 kilometres (6.2 mi). Due to continuous large eruptions, the government extended the safety zone to 20 kilometres (12 mi) radius and Yogyakarta's airport was closed again for 3 hours in the morning.Volcanologists reported the eruptions of Friday 5 November to be the biggest since the 1870s and officials announced by loudspeaker that the mountain's danger zone had been expanded to 20 kilometers from the crater. Bronggang, a village 15 kilometers from the crater, had streets blanketed by ash up to 30-centimeters deep. By 5 November more than 100,000 people had been evacuated and the scientists monitoring the events were withdrawn from their posts to a safer distance.

By Saturday, 6 November the eruptions and ash falls in the surrounding area of Central Java had led to the increase in prices of many vegetables, such as potatoes and water spinach . Schools were reported closed up to 120 kilometres (75 mi) west of Yogyakarta.[32] The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation observation outposts reported high intensity ash falls on the slopes of Mt Merapi. At 23:51 a flash of smoke, hot air winds and flames as high as 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) occurred to the west, north and to the east.[33] The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation observation outposts reported high intensity ash falls on the slopes of Mt Merapi.

On Sunday, 7 November at 03:02 hot ash clouds flowed in the direction Gendol and Woro rivers. Volcanic earthquake and hot ash cloud events were reported to have increased from the previous day.

The eruptive events continued into Monday and on Tuesday, 9 November BNPB announced that they considered the eruptive activities of 2010 to have exceeded the activities of the mountains eruption in 1872. Based on historical records, the eruption of Merapi in 1872 was recorded for 120 hours, while the eruption of 2010 had already presented five days of relentless activity since Thursday 4 November and up until the 8 November had erupted for more than 120 hours or more without pause. Subandriyo, head of the Volcano Investigation and Technology Development Institution (Balai Penyelidikan dan Pengembangan Teknologi Kegunungapian) (BPPTK) in Yogyakarta revealed that hot ash clouds during the eruptions of 138 years ago had a maximum reach of only 11-12 km, whilst the current eruptions were reaching 14.5 km. The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) Geological Agency, head officer, Dr Surono announced on 9 November that during the hours of 06:00 to 12:00 eruptive events were continuing with sequential volcanic earthquakes, tremors, avalanches fast moving clouds were still travelling as far as 4 km toward the southwest. Yogyakarta residents and evacuees were reminded that the threat of pyroclastic as clouds and lahar floods remained. The people of Yogyakarta were also reminded to observe the instructions to remain outside a radius of 20 km from the peak of Merapi.

On 9 November a 5.6 magnitude earthquake was felt in Yogyakarta. Reports by the Bureau of Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), detailed the tectonic earthquake as measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale (SR) at 14:03:27 pm. The epicenter was 125 kilometers southwest of Bantul, precisely at 8.98 south latitude coordinates (LS) and 110.08 east longitude (BT) at a depth of 10 kilometers. The quake's epicenter was at sea and had no tsunami potential. This type of tectonic earthquake was not sourced from the volcanic activity of Mount Merapi.On the night of 9 November there was a burst of ash reaching up to 1.8 kilometres (1.1 mi) vertically.

On 10 November 2010 the eruptive intensity was noticed to subside, however the volcano's activity remained high and it was still emiting heat clouds. The exclusion zone remained at 20 kilometres (12 mi)

On 26 October at least 18 people, including one 2-month old baby, were found dead due to burns and respiratory failure caused by hot ashes from the eruption.[35] Thousands were evacuated within a radius of 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) around the slopes of the volcano.

By Wednesday 27 October the death toll had risen to at least 25. The death toll included an elder, Mbah Maridjan (grandfather Marijan), known as the volcano's spiritual guardian who was found dead at his home approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the peak. The Yogyakarta Palace subsequently confirmed his death. The 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) exclusion zone remained in place at the volcano with evacuation and ongoing search and rescue activities continuing at the site in an attempt to locate further victims of the previous days eruptions.

Later reports on the 27 October revised the toll upward to 30 persons recorded at Yogyakarta's Dr. Sardjito Hospital with 17 hospitalized, mostly with burns, respiratory problems and other injuries. Earlier on 27 October two of the 28 bodies at the hospital had been identified. Yuniawan Nugroho, an editor with the news portal, was reported to have been killed while conducting reportage on the night of Tuesday 26 October, the other was later identified as Tutur Priyanto Indonesian, a 36 year man working for the Red Cross as a volunteer on the mountain. Tutur Priyanto had been retrieving and escorting residents from the slopes of the mountain. After making many trips he returned for a further ascent at 15:00 to assist others to come off the mountain and died during one of the subsequent eruptive events.As of 1 November, 2010, the death toll from Mount Merapi's blasts had climbed to 38.As of 5 November, 2010, the death toll had climbed over 120.

By 5 November at 15:00 the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency was reporting 122 deaths attributable to the Merapi eruptions, primarily from the area of residents from Sleman Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta with an additional 151 injured people admitted to four Yogyakarta hospitals.[44] Soldiers joined rescue operations in Bronggang to assist in recovering bodies from the village. At least 78 bodies were removed. They were killed when hot ash clouds from the crater had travelled down the mountain in pyroclastic flows at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) and engulfed their village.Many of the dead on Friday 5 November were children from Argomulyo village, 18 kilometres (11 mi) from the crater, according to emergency response officials and witnesses.

On the morning of 6 November BNPB provided a victim report. At that time there were 198,488 refugees, 218 people were injured, and 114 people had been recorded as having died. All the victims came from the districts of Sleman, Magelang, Klaten and Boyolaliin.

On Saturday, 7 November President Yudhoyono opened a limited cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace, the Great House of Yogyakarta, to address the emergency response to the eruptions of Mount Merapi. At the meeting he reaffirmed his support of the Badan Koordinasi Nasional Penanganan Bencana-(Indonesian Disaster Management Office) and their administration and control of the disaster response.At 03:02 hot ash clouds flowed in the direction of the Gendol and Woro rivers. Volcanic earthquake and hot ash cloud events were reported to have increased from the previous day.Police stationed on the slopes complained that they were having considerable difficulties stopping people entering the exclusion zone and putting their lives at risk on the mountains slopes.

The JakartaGlobe reported on 8 November that that at least 135 people had died on Merapi's slopes over the previous two weeks, and that authorities were still struggling on Sunday to help those injured from Friday’s massive eruption.[49] The bodies of four members of the Indonesian Disaster Response Team were recovered from the slopes of Mount Merapi on Monday, 8 November. However rescue officials had to retreat as eruptive activity made their further presence on the slopes too dangerous. State news agency Antara reported that a total of six bodies were recovered from the village of Glagaharjo in Sleman, Yogyakarta. The bodies of another two members of the response team, known as Tagana, are yet to be found or recovered. They have been missing since Thursday and are presumed dead.

The death toll was reported to be over 153 by 9 November with at least 320,000 people reported to have been evacuated to emergency shelters. One hospital recorded 12 more bodies brought it's the morgue Tuesday, including seven pulled from a destroyed village. Another five people who were being treated for burns died.

During the 4th week of October 2010 deformation measurements were performed by Electric Distance Measurement (EDM), utilising reflectors mounted around the summit of Mount Merapi. The measurement results indicated a rapidly increasing rate of growth of the lava dome in the build up to the eruptive events of 25–26 October 2010.

At the end of September 2010, the peak inflation rate of the lava dome at Mount Merapi was measured by EDM at an average growth rate of 6 millimetres (0.24 in). The subsequent rate of inflation up until October 21, 2010 reached 105 millimetres (4.1 in) per day. The inflation rate then increased very sharply, reaching 420 millimetres (17 in) per day by 24 October 2010.By the 25 October the average grow rate, measured from 6 EDM points over 24–25 October had risen to 500 millimetres (20 in) per day.

The information gathered at the site indicated that the distension of the mountain’s slopes was much more rapid this during the current event than that observed during the 2006 event.

On 26 October the head of the Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, Surono, repeated his earlier statements that the greatest concern was the pressure building behind a massive lava dome that has formed near the tip of the crater. "The energy is building up. ... We hope it will release slowly," he said. "Otherwise we're looking at a potentially huge eruption, bigger than anything we've seen in years".Surono also said that said the distension of the mountain’s slopes was much more rapid this time around, indicating a higher-pressure build-up of gas and hence a much more explosive eruption and speculated that Merapi may erupt explosively, as it did in 1930, and not just eject gas as in 2006 eruptions.

By 5 November following a week of ongoing explosive eruptions experts monitoring Merapi were reported as being "baffled" as despite earlier predictions that the eruptions following the initial blast in the prior week would ease pressure building up behind a magma dome instead the eruptions intensified. An estimated 50 million cubic meters of volcanic material had been released by 5 November, "it was the biggest in at least a century", said Gede Swantika, a state volcanologist, commenting on the eruptions of 5 November as plumes of smoke rose up more than 10,000 meters.

The eruptions and subsequent volcanic ash plumes caused disruption to aviation movements across central and western Java in early November. Some flights to and from Bandung, Jakarta and Solo were effected and some international and domestic airlines suspended operations into and from those cities. Yogyakarta's Adisucipto International Airport was closed to flight operations on many occasions in early November due to limited visibility and ash falls upon the runway, taxiway and terminal aprons. Adisucipto International Airport is the third busiest airport on the island of Java. An Airbus A300-300 flight operated for Garuda Airlines as a Haji pilgrimage from Solo to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) was reported to have suffered from ash related engine damage on 28 October. It was however later reported to have suffered from blade tip rubbing and was not apparently damaged by volcanic ash ingestion.

Rabu, 19 Mei 2010

Kampung Kopi Banaran ( Banaran Coffe House )

Banaran coffee house ia a cafe located in the area of coffee plantation owned by PTPN, which is located on the main route of Semarang-Surakarta for the links between Bawen-then summed in a convolution, which is also a mountainous area. For those of you coffee lovers, may already be familiar with the coffee house has a global brand like Starbucks, or a competitor like Oh La La and the Dome. This coffee house offers a place to enjoy coffee with western-style atmosphere and menu, and generally located in the center of a crowd in the middle of town. Banaran Coffee offers a different concept, namely a place to enjoy coffee in a beautiful place in the plantation area large enough, so the concept is so good at combining the concept of culinary tourism with agro tourism, with the jargon of "Enjoying coffee picked from the garden itself," then Banaran Coffee does offer something different to the existing House coffee.
Banaran Coffee is located on the main route of Semarang-Surakarta for the links between Bawen-then summed in a convolution. If you are coming from the direction of Semarang to Surakarta, then Banaran located on the right path, you will see after passing the junction Bawen (T-junction in the direction of Yogyakarta). Although located in the area of coffee plantations, coffee houses built close enough to the highway, with large signs and clearly visible from the highway, so there is no significant difficulties to find it. If you are coming from the direction towards Semarang, Surakarta, then Banaran Coffee is located on the left side of the left fork in the road before heading Bawen Yogyakarta.

Coffee Banaran presents the main menu of coffee drinks and teas, with many variations (eg, cappuccino, espresso, coffee, black ice, etc.), but this variation is the author feels is too small for a cafe that brings the image of coffee dish. Coffee taste even by mediocre writers, not too special. However, this unique coffee Coffee Banaran provided by a modern house like this is food. In general, the modern coffee house is dominated by western brands such as Starbucks, Oh La La, Dome, etc., which in addition to coffee also presents a variety of western-style foods such as pies, muffins, etc.. But the food is served by Banaran Coffee is a food the most (either light or "heavy") is a traditional style, such as fried bananas, tempeh mendoan, pecel rice, etc..
Traditionally, couples drinking coffee in Indonesia such as the traditional fried bananas, fried tempeh mendoan, etc.., And Banaran Coffee served it with a quality that deserves thumbs up. fried banana and variations (fried banana honey) really makes the tongue swaying. Served warm, soft and sweet, ideal for enjoying a coffee in the cool mountain air. Tempe mendoan also get a good assessment of the author, served warm with spicy chili. The price offered is also quite attractive (relative to a coffee house in Jakarta, the difference is quite a distance).
For those who want to enjoy coffee and snacks accompanied with live music, visitors can choose the area within the main building houses a coffee, while those who prefer a natural atmosphere, beautiful and quiet estate with panoramic views, there is a place outside the main building, which is a neat tents with plantation area not far from the main building.
There are also several permanent substation building on a hilltop with panoramic views of the more interesting with a more distant location from the main building, which can be used for coffee, but additional costs apply to use it.
For those of you who came with families and children, available children's play area spacious enough with his game. There are also agro-tourism facilities in the form of a rabbit who will train around the plantation area. Inside the mosque complex is also available which is very representative and toilets very clean. For those of you who travel long distances in the past, Banaran Coffee became a very attractive place to relax and enjoy the coffee.

Rabu, 12 Mei 2010

Fossil Museum Sangiran Indonesia

Fossil Museum Sangiran Indonesia or Museum Sangiran is an archaeological museum located in Kalijambe, Sragen, Central Java Province, Indonesia. The museum is adjacent to the area of Sangiran prehistoric fossil sites. Sangiran site has a wide reach covering 56 km ² and three subdistricts in Sragen (Gemolong, Kalijambe, and Plupuh) and enter the District Gondangrejo Karanganyar District. Sangiran Sangiran Dome site in the region, which is part of the depression in Solo, at the foot of Mount Lawu (17 km from the city of Solo). Sangiran Museum and arkeologinya site, other than an interesting tourist attraction is also an arena of research on prehistoric life's most important and most comprehensive in Asia, even the world. In museums and sites can be obtained detailed information on patterns of early human Sangiran in Java which accounts for the development of science, such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Geology, Paleoanthropologi.

Sangiran is an archaeological site (Site of Ancient Man) in Java, Indonesia. Sangiran is located in the northern city of Solo and about 15 km (exactly in the village Krikilan Kalijambe Kec. Kab.Sragen). Arch Sangiran in the Solo Site-lane highway near the border between Gemolong Purwodadi and Kalioso (Karanganyar District). This curve can be used as a marker to get to the location of Sangiran, Krikilan Village. The distance from the gate to the village of Sangiran Site Krikilan ± 5 km.

Sangiran site has an area of approximately 59, 2 km ² (Minister of Education Decree 070/1997) administratively, including two areas of government, namely Sragen Regency (Kalijambe, Gemolong County, and District Plupuh) and Karanganyar District (Gondangrejo County), Central Java Province (Widianto & Simanjuntak, 1995). Sangiran in 1977 was appointed by the Minister of Education and Culture of Indonesia as a cultural heritage. Therefore, in the 20th Commission Session of World Heritage in Marida City, Mexico on December 5, 1996, was designated as one of Sangiran World Heritage "World Heritage List," No. 593. So in sites listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In 1934 anthropologist Gustav Heinrich Ralph von Koenigswald begin research in the area. In subsequent years, the results of excavations discovered the remains of the first human ancestor, Pithecanthropus erectus (Java Man "). There are about 60 more fossils of other fossil Meganthropus palaeojavanicus they have been found at these sites. At the museum explains the history of Homo erectus Sangiran of about 2 million years ago until 200,000 years ago, from late Pliocene to late Pleistocene age of the middle. In this museum there are 13 086 collection of hominid fossils and is the site of the most comprehensive vertical hominids in Asia. But they can also be found in fossil vertebrates, water animal fossils, rocks, plants, marine fossils and stone tools. Fossils found in the Sangiran area represents 50% of fossil discoveries in the world and represents 65% of the findings in Indonesia.

Until recently has found more than 13 685 in 2931 Fossil Fossil Museum, the rest is stored in the warehouse. As the World Heritage List (World Heritage). The museum has facilities such as exhibition space (the human fossils, ancient animals), laboratory, warehouse fossils, space slides, towers of view, Sangiran and typical souvenir stalls Sangiran homestead. Sangiran fossils

Included in Sangiran Museum collections, are: human fossils, among others: Australopithecus africanus, Pithecanthropus mojokertensis (Pithecantropus robustus), palaeojavanicus Meganthropus, Pithecanthropus erectus, Homo soloensis, Homo Neanderthal from Europe, Asia, Homo Neanderthal, and Homo sapiens. Vertebrate fossils, among other namadicus Elephas (elephant), Stegodon trigonocephalus (elephant), mastodons sp (elephant), palaeokarabau Bubalus (water buffalo), Felis palaeojavanica (tiger), Sus sp (pig), sondaicus Rhinoceros (Rhino), Bovidae (meat cow, bull), and Cervus sp (deer and sheep). water animal fossils, among others Crocodillus sp (crocodile), fish and crabs, shark teeth, sp Hippopotamus (hippo), Mollusca (Class Pelecypoda and Gastropoda), Chelonia sp (turtle), and foraminifera. Rocks, among others Meteorite / Taktit stone tools, Kalesdon, diatomaceous, Agate, Ametis,, flakes and blades, among others. Drawstring and auger, square axes, stones and axes ball perimbas penetak.

Sangiran privileges, according to research experts at a vast ocean of primordial Earth. As a result of geological processes and the impact of natural disasters the eruption of Mount Lawu, Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu, Sangiran becomes Mainland. This is evidenced by the layers of soil forming regions are very different from Sangiran ground elsewhere. Each layer of soil found in the fossil by type and era. For example, Sea Animals Fossils are mostly found in underground layers, once the sea. Such information will feel fuller longer when accompanied by direct visits to the Museum Sangiran.

Kamis, 26 Maret 2009

The Ambarawa Railway Museum

The museum was established in the 1970s primarily to preserve a wide selection of the steam locomotives which were then coming to the end of their useful lives on the 3ft 6in (1067mm) gauge railways of the Indonesian State Railway (the then Perusahaan Negara Kereta-Api, PNKA). These are parked in the open air next to the original station, originally a transhipment point between the 4ft 8½in gauge branch from Kedungjati to the north-east and the 3ft 6in gauge line onward towards Yogyakarta via Magelang to the south. It is still possible to see that the two sides of the station were built to accommodate different size trains.

B2503 at Bedono in August 1999

Ambarawa lies some way above sea level and was an administrative centre for the Dutch colonialists. It is now a popular area for local tourists, particularly with the nearby hill station of Bandungan and the Hindu-Buddhist temples at Gedong Songo. Foreign tourists pass through the area particularly in conjunction with visiting the Buddhist temple at Borobudur. Hence the museum is well situated and its development into a world class site is not only desirable but feasible with the right kind of backing. Currently it is still part of the State Railway who have supported it to the best of its ability since formation although funding has never been generous. Now the provincial Government of Central Java is increasingly taking an interest from the point of view of its heritage significance and its potential as a tourist attraction. Non-Governmental bodies like the Semarang Heritage Society are also acting to assist and there is also an unofficial overseas group The Friends of Ambarawa Railway Museum'.

Selasa, 24 Maret 2009

Semarang's Old City offers history, culture

Pos office semarang early 1900

Blenduk church in 19 century

Semarang Harbour in 1876

Deviana's eyes shone when she entered the cool, green environs of Srigunting Park in Semarang, Central Java. The public park has been preserved by the Semarang administration and is surrounded by a number of colonial architecture, including the famous Immanuel Church, also called Blenduk Church.

"I've come to Semarang several times, but this is my first visit to Kota Lama (Old City). It's really fantastic, as the old buildings built during the Dutch era still exist and look solid," said the youth from Jakarta.

"Of course, they are damaged here and there, but I also noticed the local government's efforts at restoration. I think the buildings have to be preserved so that they remain attractive tourism objects," she said.

Deviana was even more awed when the church staff allowed her to enter and take a close look at the interior of the church.

Inside Immanuel Church, which was built in 1753, visitors will find centuries-old teakwood pews with new woven rattan seats lining the great hall, and a damaged antique organ on the upper level.

Semarang's Old City is dubbed the Little Netherlands, with good reason: Its colonial-era buildings are arrayed along blocks and avenues that were based on city designs from Holland, and all are maintained in pristine condition.

Some notable structures are the Marabunta building on Jl. Cendrawasih, which was formerly used as an opera house, with its acoustically designed dome. At a glance, its auditorium looks like an upside-down boat.

Near Immanuel Church on Jl. Letjen Suprapto stands the Marba building, constructed in the mid-19th Century, when the street was called De Heeren Straat. Its name is an acronym for Marta Badjunet, a native of Yemen whose family still owns the property.

The historical buildings in Old City include those that are used today as residences, offices, a hospital, a market, schools and places of worship.

The Semarang Post Office on Jl. Pemuda, for example, stands strong and functional, while nearby Johar Market, built in 1933, still serves hundreds of vendors who ply their wares here. The mushroom-like octagonal pillars designed by Thomas Karsten made it one of the grandest markets in Southeast Asia during its heyday.

A tour of Semarang would be incomplete without dropping by Chinatown. Here, visitors will discover a plethora of Chinese architecture, including nine temples dotting its narrow alleyways. In fact, the aroma of incense greets wanderers who upon entering the area.

The breadth of Chinatown seems to indicate that the Chinese community must have flourished in Semarang long before the Dutch. One of the oldest and largest Chinese temples is the Tay Kak Sie, built in 1771, and its eight other "cousins" range in age from the mid-18th to the mid-19th centuries.

The oldest Chinese temple in Semarang is on the outskirts of the city: the Sam Poo Kong temple in Simongan. It is said that the local Chinese community built this temple in 1412, when the famous Ming dynasty seafarer, Admiral Cheng Ho, dropped anchor in Semarang. After a three-year renovation from 2002 to 2005, the temple is now the grandest in Southeast Asia.

While touring Semarang's numerous unique spots, visitors should not forget to take along their camera to snap photos or to capture videos of memorable sites.

Don't forget to stop by the Lawang Sewu building on Jl. Pemuda, which was constructed in 1877 by the Nederlandsche Spoorwegen Maatschappij (the Dutch Railway Company) and officially opened on July 1, 1907. Parts of the roof have decayed, but the entire structure stands in splendor as one of the city's landmarks.

Visitors are allowed to wander through the building, including its underground corridors. It is called Lawang Sewu, meaningthousand doors", because of its U-shaped design from which numerous doors open. Currently, the building is used infrequently for exhibitions or ceremonial events.

"I love Semarang. The taxis here use meters and the drivers do not take me around in circles. The city is clean and has a port. Not only the major streets are clean, but also the kampongs," said Hendri, who comes from Malang.

Semarang also offers more modern attractions for those who like to venture out at night, as it is a city that never sleeps. Check out the bustling Simpang Lima (five-way intersection) in the heart of the city, which is filled with a gamut of food vendors that are open from early evening till morning.

Jumat, 20 Maret 2009

Fort Vredeburg

Fort Vredeburg is a fortress built by the Dutch in Yogyakarta during Colonial times. It is located in front of Gedung Agung, one of seven presidential palaces in Indonesia and the Sultan Palace called Kraton. It was built in 1765 to protect the Dutch governor. It is surrounded by a trench that is still visible.

This square-shaped fortress has a watchtower at each of its four corners. In the past, the Dutch troops patrolled frequently on its wall.

Nowadays, the fortress has become a museum. In some buildings in the fortress there are dioramas on Indonesian history.