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Mount Tangkuban Parahu

Mount Tangkuban Parahu

Mount  Tangkuban  Parahu  is one of the mountain located in the province of West Java, Indonesia. About 20 km to the north of the city of  Bandung, with a lush carpet of pine trees and tea plantations in the surrounding mountains as high as Tangkuban Parahu has 2084 meters altitude. These mountains form the center of the eruption is Stratovulcano that moves from east to west. Rock types are mostly issued by the eruption of lava and sulfur, sulfur minerals released are sulfur, minerals that are released when the mountain is not active sulfur vapor. Tangkuban Parahu Mountain area is managed by the Forestry Housing. Daily average temperature is 17oC during the day and 2 ° C at night.
Mount Tangkuban Parahu hill dipterocarp forests have, dipterocarp forests Upper Montane forest, and forest Ericaceous or mountain forests.

Legend of the local people

The origins of Mount Tangkuban Parahu legend associated with the legend of Sangkuriang, narrated in love with his mother, Dayang Sumbi. To thwart the intention of marrying his son,Sangkuriang, Dayang Sumbi stipulating that makes the boat overnight. When his efforts failed, Sangkuriang angry and kicked the boat, so it landed upside down in the state. The boat is then formed Mount Tangkuban Parahu.

Mount Tangkuban Parahu include an active volcano whose status is being watched by the Directorate of Volcanology and Indonesia. Some of the crater is still showing signs of activity of this mountain. Among these signs is the appearance of volcanic gas sulfur and hot springs at the foot of his mountain of them are in  Ciater area, Subang.

The existence of this mountain and the form of a Bandung basin topography with hills and mountains on each side to strengthen the theory of the existence of a lake (crater) is now a major area of Bandung. Is believed by geologists that the highlands Bandung with a height of approximately 709 m above sea level are the remnants of ancient volcanoes known as Mount Sunda, and Mount Tangkuban Parahu a remnant of an ancient Mount Sunda still active. This phenomenon can be seen on Mount Krakatau in the Sunda Strait and the Ngorongoro in Tanzania, Africa. So the legend that is the story of the people Sangkuriang region is believed to be a documentation of the ancient Sunda Mountain area at the time of the event.


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