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Ternate's Batu Angus Geotourism Encouraged to Become a National Geopark

Batu Angus Geotourism on Jalan Batu Angus, Tobololo, can be part of the National Geopark area. The distance is about 10 kilometers (km) from the city

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Batu Angus Geotourism, Ternate 

TRIBUNBATAM.id - Batu Angus Geotourism on Jalan Batu Angus, Tobololo, can be part of the National Geopark area. The distance is about 10 kilometers (km) from the city of Ternate, North Maluku. 

Batu Angus tourist attraction is a stretch of rock that looks charred. The expanse of rock stretches from the foot of Mount Gamalama to the beach. 

For information, Batu Angus is a pile of rocks from frozen lava that leads to the sea. Its shape is like a black stalactite that emerges from the earth. 

This lava was formed due to the eruption of Mount Gamalama in 1673, which is now the background for the location of the Batu Angus. 

This natural phenomenon of molten lava is known to have started to occur since 1737, which later formed Batu Angus in Kulaba, also in 1763 formed Batu Angus in Tubo Tugurara, and in 1907 formed Batu Angus behind Sultan Babullah Airport to Tarau, North Ternate District. 

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According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Sandiaga Uno, Batu Angus is an interesting geological phenomenon for tourists when visiting this Spice City (Kota Rempah). 

"This area presents a unique chunk of black rock used by Mount Gamalama's lava flow, and I support the aspirations of the Ternate Geopark to become a National Geopark," he said in an official statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparekraf), Thursday (6/16). 

He added, geopark development must prioritize conservation and education and prioritize local economic and cultural principles, including endemic flora and fauna in it.

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(TRIBUNBATAM.id/ Lia Sisvita Dinatri)

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