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Tracing the Remains of the Permian Period Around the Guguk Indigenous Forest (bahasa Indonesia)


Woman crosses a bridge in the Guguk Customary Forest.

The Guguk Forest is a customary forest of the Guguk Indigenous community in Jambi, Sumatra. The...


White water rafting tourists pose next to fossilized Araucarioxylon trees in the Merangin Geopark area in Air Batu Village. According to geologists, this tree fossil is 300 million years old. Image via Air Batu River., Jambi - The roar of water accompanied the footsteps as they started to trek to the Merangin Geopark area in Air Batu Village, Renah Pembarap District, Merangin Regency, Jambi. The water discharge of Sungai Merangin flowed fast and hit large rocks that protruded from the bottom of the river.

When he reached the location of the first point, Akmal's eyes were fixed on the cliff across the river. Akmal, a resident of Air Batu Village who was the driver, suddenly took me to the core location of the geopark through a tracking path.

Akmal pointed to a cliff across the river. What Akmal points to is a layer of rock that holds fossils hundreds of millions years old. The fossil is an ancient tree, in scientific language called Araucarioxylon.

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Fossil leaves found by the Merangin Geopark in Batu Village, Merangin, Jambi. Image by Gresi Plasmanto/

The Batang Merangin River in Air Batu Village is the location for the distribution of ancient fossils hundreds of millions years old. Image by Gresi Plasmanto/

Shellfish fossils found in the Merangin Geopark area in Air Batu Village, Merangin, Jambi. Image by Komiji.

Fossil shells found in the Batang Merangin River in Air Batu Village. Image by Gresi Plasmanto/

A fisherman passes under the Guguk Indigenous Forest bridge, Guguk Village, Merangin Regency, Jambi, on March 4, 2021. A permanent solution is needed to stop the illegal gold mining activities that plunder forest areas in Jambi. Image by Gresi Plasmanto/


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