DAYANG BUNTING MARBLE GEOFOREST PARK
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Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park is situated in the southern of Langkawi with the built up area of 4,354 hectares and is made up of 3 reserved forests; Hutan Simpan, Pulau Tuba and Pulau Dayang Bunting. This area is made from three formations of rocks namely; limestone, which is the Setul Formation, aged 350 – 490 million years old, Chuping Formation aged 255 – 270 million years old and Singa Formation aged 270 – 350 million years old. Despite all this, almost a fraction of the limestone has been transformed into marble. This transformation happened due to the changes in temperature and pressure affecting the limestone.
- Consist 3 formations of limestone which are the Setul Formation, Chuping Formation (a lighter coloured of the limestone) and Singa Formation sandstone, siltstone, soilstone and limestone).
- Situated in the southern part of Langkawi and a combination of two reservation forest which are the Hutan Simpan Pulau Tuba and Hutan Simpan Pulau Dayang Bunting.
- The amazing natural affect where the limestone is transformed into marble due to the changes in temperature and pressure.
- Tasik Dayang Bunting (the largest fresh water lake in Langkawi) is formed from a collapsed cave which later turned into a dam filled with rain water.
- It is well known for the mythical legend about a princess, Puteri Dayang Sari who married Mat Teja and was later blessed with a child. Unfortunately, the baby died at a mere age of 7 days. The Princess and the child later was laid to rest in the same lake.
- The Geosites in this area are:
- Dayang Bunting Geosite (Pulau Singa Kechil, Gua Pasir Dagang)
- Pulau Ular Geosite
- Pulau Tuba Geosite (Pulau Lima and Pulau Dua) and others; Pulau Tepor and Pulau Bumbun
- Pulau Tepor is unique because it has dropstones (stones from another continent brought here from the iceberg and fell into the sea around 350 million years ago and is still preserved since then.
- Pulau Ular has sand mangrove species (Rhizophora Stylosa) which are very rare to be found.
- Singa Formation is aged between 270 – 350 million years old.
- Chuping Formation is aged between 255 – 270 million years old.
- The built up area is about 4,354 hectares.
- Dropstone is aged at 1 billion years old.
PULAU TEPORPULAU ULARPULAU SINGA KECHILGUA WANG BULUHPULAU LIMA & PULAU DUATASIK DAYANG BUNTINGPULAU JONG
This island that consists of soil stone and siltstone is truly special because of the existence of dropstone aged at 1 billion years old. Dropstones are actually stones from another continent that is brought here from the flow of the iceberg and fell into our sea (Langkawi) around 350 million years ago and later preserved into the Singa Formation. The half-round shaped bay on this island, believed to have been formed due to the meteorite impact that has happened 10 million years ago.
This island is formed from 3 hills that have experienced erosion from the waves since thousand of years ago. Among the shapes that can be clearly seen are the ancient staged erosion and sea notch. This island is also formed from the Singa Formation. There are various traces of fossils and drop stones that can be found on this island. Besides that, the mangrove trees that can be seen here are from the sand mangrove species Rhizophora stylosa griff that are very rare to be found.
This small island portrays the landscape of a very unique tower of limestone. The shadowed parts of the island that are covered by plants are the older Singa Formation.
This cave is located in Pulau Tuba and a Setul Formation’s limestone cave. This cave is unique with the existence of stalactite, stalagmite, columns of limestone, curtain and stone flow.
Surrounding these islands are caves, arches and sea notch formed from the erosion of waves since thousands of years ago. Furthermore, there are caves that are situated higher than the current sea level proving that the sea level was higher, once upon a time.
This lake is the largest fresh water lake in Langkawi. This natural lake is rich in flora & fauna. The lake is separated from the sea only by a rocky cliff with a thickness of 10 meters. Thousands of years ago, this lake was a big cave. However, because of the erosion, the ceiling became thinner and eventually collapsed to form a dam that filled with rainwater within time.
This island is shaped in the similar form of a ship from a certain angle.