Thursday, July 05, 2007

Maliau Basin - Priceless Treasures In The lost World Of Sabah


TAWAU -- The existence of the mysterious Maliau Basin, located in the south of Sabah's central region, only came to light in 1947 when a pilot almost crashed the light aircraft he was flying, into a steep slope in that area.

Since then, numerous attempts have been made to venture into this thickly-forested and mist-shrouded area but all proved futile.

But in 1981, a group of surveyors from the Sabah Foundation, flying in a helicopter, managed to venture into this basin.

About 58,840 hectares wide, the Malau basin is shaped like a huge volcanic crater.

Situated 40 km north of the Sabah-Kalimantan border, the basin has its own eco-system as well as various biological life form found nowhere else in the world.

As there is no evidence that "treasure-seekers" had ventured into this area, the basin is still free from mankind's destructive intrusions.

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