Archive for October, 2010
Ujung Kulon is one of the most famous Indonesia’s National Park. Located in the south-western tip of west java on the Sunda shelf where the area also covers Peninsula and some islands and encompasses the natural reserve of Krakatoa – a well known active volcano in the world. This park that located in Ujung Kulon, Pandeglang disctrict – Banten Province was establish and declared as National Park in 1992 by UNESCO World Heritage Site for protecting the endangered Javan Rhinoceros and wild bull or banteng in Indonesian language.
This park is very famous with its natural beauty and geological interest hence many researchers from worldwide come to visit this park particularly for the study of inland volcanoes. Beside of that, this area contains the largest remaining area of lowland rainforests in the Java island and has so many species of plants and animals.
Ujung Kulon which is means “West Point” in english, possesses a very exceptional profile of Indonesia’s wilderness from land forested mountain ranges to the coral seas. What makes this park even more remarkable is the park remains a pristine haven of its nature in Java island, the most densely populated area in Indonesia.
The park covers area 120,551 hectares that are divided into 78,214 hectares of land and 44,337 hectares of surrounding reefs and sea. The land area can be roughly divided into three areas: the island of Panaitan to the north west, the triangular shaped Peninsula, and the Honje Mountain Range to the east of the Peninsula’s Isthmus.
This national park has tropical maritime climate, some degrees cooler than inland areas of Java island and averagely produces an annual rainfall of approximately 3250mili meters. The temperature range between 25° to 30° degree Celsius with the humidity level averagely vary from 80% to 90%.
Between April to October are the drier months, during this period there are long periods of fine, calm weather with occasional spells of overcast skies, rain and rougher seas.
France, officially called as the French Republic is located in the Western Europe. It is the largest country in the European Union by area. France has been in power for many centuries with strong economical, military, cultural and political background. Let’s take a quick look at some of the interesting facts about France:
1. Nearly 20% of France lies outside Europe. These regions are known as “DOM-TOM”, where 2.5 million French citizens live
2. The Statue of Liberty was made in France, and given to the United States as a gift. The statue’s face is carved keeping in mind the face of Isabella Eugenie Boyer, who is the Parisian sewing machine manufacturer Isaac Singer’s wife
3. The April fool’s day (April Fish to the French) is believed to have originated in France when the nation switched to the Gregorian calendar. Those who were not aware about the change in calendar thought April 1st was New Year’s Day. Since then fools day originated to make fun of them
4. Eiffel Tower is the Symbol of France and it is the tallest building
5. The Cathedral of Notre Dame is one of the beautiful churches in France. It is also a classic example of the church that is built in the ancient Gothic style
6. France is considered to be the birthplace of Gothic art as well as Baroque architectural style. The Gothic art was initially known as French Art