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A view of Mount Salak
|Elevation||2,211 m (7,254 ft)|
|Prominence||1,678 m (5,505 ft)|
|Last eruption||January 1938|
Mount Salak (Indonesian: Gunung Salak, Sundanese: Gunung Salak) is an eroded volcanic range in West Java, Indonesia. Several satellite cones appear on the south-east flank and on the northern foot. Two craters are found at the summit. Mount Salak has been the site of geothermal exploration.
According to popular belief, the name "Salak" is derived from salak, a tropical fruit with scaly skin. However, according to Sundanese tradition, the name was derived from the Sanskrit word "Salaka" which means "silver"; thus, Mount Salak means "silver mountain".
Mount Salak can be climbed via several routes. The peaks most often climbed are Peak I and Peak II. The route most often climbed is Curug Nangka, which is north of the range. Through this route, people can reach Peak II. Peak I is usually climbed from the east, Cimelati and Cicurug. Peak I also can be reached by Peak II - although it is very difficult - from Sukamantri, Ciapus. The other route is 'the back way', through Cidahu, Sukabumi, and Kawah Ratu near Bunder Mount.
Mount Salak is popular for many mountain climbing clubs, especially Route II, because of its difficulty to reach the peak. Novice climbers will experience trouble due to scarce water on every route, especially through Post I at Kawah Ratu Route. At height 2211 mdpl can be found a water source from rain. Mount Salak is a low mountain but has its own charm in its woods and route.
Cimelati can be reached from Cibuntu Village. Along this route, a large villa can be found before reaching Post/Shelter I. Several waterfalls can also be found here. Along this route, water is plentiful. The last place we can find water is Post/Shelter III because villagers built a water irrigation system, calling it Post/Water Shelter. Beyond this post, water is scarce, so bringing bottled water is recommended. Ahead is Post/Shelter VII, the last post placed at Peak I.
Many animals can be found at Mount Salak, including frogs, toads, reptiles, birds and mammals. During research, D.M. Nasir (2003) from KSH forest faculty IPB found 11 frog and toad species in Lingkungan S (Environment S) at Ciapus Leutik, Desa Taman Sari, Bogor Residenncy. They are Bufo asper, B. melanostictus, Leptobrachium hasseltii, Fejervarya limnocharis, Huia masonii, Limnonectes kuhlii, L. macrodon, L. microdiscus, Rana chalconota, R. erythraea and R. hosii. The result does not include tree toads and other mountain toads which might also be found there. At Cidahu, bangkong bertanduk (Megophrys montana) and katak terbang (Rhacophorus reinwardtii) the latter were found.
Many reptiles including lizards and snakes, live in Mount Salak. These include Charmelleon Bronchocela jubata, B. cristatella, Kadal Kebun (Mabuya multifasciata) and Biawak Sungai (Varanus salvator). Some snakes living in Mount Salak are Ular Tangkai (Calamaria sp.), Ular Siput (Pareas carinatus), Ular Sanca Kembang (Phyton reticulatus) and many more. Mount Salak has become famous due to its habitat for birds, about which has been written by Vorderman (1885)and Hoogerwerf (1948), which has at least 232 birds species in total. The most notable birds are Elang Jawa (Spizaetus bartelsi), Ayam Hutan Merah (Gallus gallus), Cuculus micropterus, Phaenicophaeus javanicus, P. curvirostris, Sasia abnormis, Dicrurus remifer, Cissa thalassina, Crypsirina temia, Burung Kuda (Garrulax rufifrons), Hypothymis azurea, Aethopyga eximia, A. mystacalis and Lophozosterops javanica. The notes about mammals indicate that there are not many living on Mount Salak, besides Macan Tutul (Panthera pardus), Owa Jawa (Hylobates moloch), Surili (Presbytis comata) and Trenggiling (Manis Javanica).
In 2012 The Jakarta Post dubbed Mount Salak an "airplane graveyard". High turbulence and fast-changing weather conditions of the mountainous terrain are cited as contributing factors to multiple aviation crashes in the area. There were seven aviation crashes around Mount Salak between 2002 and 2012.
One person was killed in the crash of a small aircraft in October 2002; seven in October 2003; two in April 2004; five people in June 2004; 18 people were killed in a crash of an Indonesian Air Force military plane in 2008. In 2012, three people were killed in a crash of a training aircraft not long before the SSJ-100 accident, which occurred on May 9, 2012, when a Sukhoi Superjet 100 crashed into the mountain during a demonstration flight, killing all 45 people on board.
Media related to Mount Salak at Wikimedia Commons
- "Salak". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2006-12-19.
- "Mountains of the Indonesian Archipelago". Peaklist.org. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- "Mt. Salak: An airplane graveyard". The Jakarta Post. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
- В районе индонезийской горы Салак за последние 10 лет произошло уже 7 авиакатастроф
- Vaswani, Karishma (10 May 2012). "Rescue workers find bodies at Russia jet crash site". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2012.