INDONESIA: Aru Archipelago II. Part 1

By Heiko Bleher

…It wasn’t until late in the afternoon that Mark Erdmann, the travel coordinator and head of the CI group (Conservation International) in Raja-Ampat, arrived. Ken lifted the anchor and we sailed south past Salawati. Finally, we reached the mouth of the gigantic Bintuni Bay. This bay, which is almost 600 km long, is home to the largest mangrove accumulation on Earth – but certainly not for much longer, because the proven natural gas reserves amount to over 30 trillion cubic meters in the region, the most productive one on earth…

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