The geologists in the team, Indyo Pratomo and the rest of the team have finished exploring the caldera of Batur Mountain, Bali last week. They returned to Denpasar on Saturday to gather every pieces of information they got as a result of an adventurous journey there. Team has spent a week since October 3 to investigate geological area of an active volcano, its archeological attributes and disaster mitigation of the locals.
This time the route was divided into three smaller teams. First team hiked to the top of Agung Mountain (3,142 meters) which took 2 days hiking through Pura Besakih at Karangasem district. At this mountain, team observed the mountain summit and the crater which last erupted in 1963 and took around 1,000 lives.
Second team studied disaster mitigation at Kampung Sogra, Sebudi Village also in Karangasem. Various stories from the local who witnessed eruption of Agung Mountain reveals the issue in mitigation policies and practices. “Mitigation system at Agung Mountain is still relatively weak. Local authorities are not yet well prepared meanwhile surrouding residences aren’t knowledgeable about mitigation,” said A Handoko, a member of the team.
The third team moved with the geologist, Indyo Pratomo, to explore the caldera of Batur Mountain at Kintamani district. Team observed crater of Batur starting from the shape of the first caldera which was formed around 29,300 years ago until the second caldera formed around 29,000 years ago. Then, the cone tip of an active volcano started to form 5,000 years ago and keeps growing until now.
There is a unique cave at Batur and Agung Mountain. The whole cave is made from frozen lava, magnificently beautiful. We can also see fumarol field around the mountain summit. Usually tourists use this gas to experience a natural, primitive yet exotic way to cook eggs. This site is a very beautiful geological tourism and suitable for holidays destination from adventurous journeys to romantic getaways.