Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu UNESCO Global Geopark, Indonesia


Dragon Spine Rock: a rocky complex, which looks like dragon squad stone. The rocks with the batik-like pattern are composed of quartz sandstone and conglomerate and are part of the Eocene lower Ciletuh Formation. Ciletuh Palabuhanratu, Indonesia
© Ronald Agusta

Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu UNESCO Global Geopark in West Java, is named after the Ciletuh River and Palabuhanratu (Queen harbour), in reference to the legend about a South Ocean Queen who was said to be the guardian of the area. The oldest rocks in the Geopark were formed by the subduction process between the Eurasian and the Indian Ocean tectonic plates. Currently three village communities maintain their ancestral Kasepuhan traditions, notably in agriculture and paddy farming (called tatanen).

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