Titiwangsa Mountains

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Titiwangsa Mountains
Sankalakhiri Range
Banjaran titiwangsa1.jpg
Panorama of the Titiwangsa Mountains at the Ulu Bernam's PLUS Rest Area
Highest point
Peak Gunung Korbu
Elevation 2,187 m (7,175 ft)
Dimensions
Length 480 km (300 mi) NW/SE
Width 120 km (75 mi) NE/SW
Geography
Countries  Malaysia and  Thailand
Range coordinates 5°58′N 101°20′E / 5.97°N 101.33°E / 5.97; 101.33Coordinates: 5°58′N 101°20′E / 5.97°N 101.33°E / 5.97; 101.33
Parent range Tenasserim Hills
Borders on Thailand/Malaysia
Geology
Period Permian, Triassic
Type of rock Granite, limestone
The Titiwangsa Mountains from the Highway near Slim River.

The Titiwangsa Mountains (Malay: Banjaran Titiwangsa; بنجرن تيتيوڠسا), also known as "Banjaran Besar" (Main Range) by locals, are the main mountain range that forms the backbone of the Malay Peninsula. The northern section of the range is in Southern Thailand, where it is known as Sankalakhiri Range (Thai: เทือกเขาสันกาลาคีรี, IPA: [sǎn.kaːlaːkʰiːriː]).

The range acts as a natural divider, dividing Peninsular Malaysia, as well as southernmost Thailand, into East and West Coast regions. The length of mountain range is about 480 km from north to south.

Geology[edit]

The Titiwangsa Mountains is part of suture zones that runs north-south, starting in Thailand (Nan-Uttaradit/Dien Bien Phu suture zone) and extending south towards peninsular Malaysia (Bentong-Raub suture zone). The western half of Titiwangsa Mountains in peninsular Malaysia is an amalgamation of continental terranes that is known as Cimmeria or Indochina, whereas the eastern half is an amalgamation of continental terranes Sinoburmalaya or Sibumasu. These two halves of terranes were separated by Paleo-Tethys Ocean.[1][2]

The Cimmeria was separated from Gondwana around 400mya during Devonian and rifted towards Laurasia, the northeastern arm of Pangea. It attached to Laurasia completely around 280mya during Late Permian

Sibumasu terranes on the other hand, only started to separate from Gondwana during Early Permian and rifted towards Indochina. The collision of Sibumasu terranes and Indochina terranes during 200mya Late Triassic resulted in the closure of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean and formation of the modern Titiwangsa Mountain belts.

Geography[edit]

This mountain range is a part of the wider Tenasserim Hills system. It forms the southernmost section of the Indo-Malayan cordillera which runs from Tibet through the Kra Isthmus into the Malay peninsula.[3]

The Titiwangsa mountain range begins in the north as the Sankalakhiri Range, a prolongation of the Nakhon Si Thammarat Range which includes the smaller Pattani, Taluban and Songkhla subranges. The main range runs approximately from northwest to southeast across the border into Malaysia and ends in the south near Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Foothills extend further southeastwards into Johor.

The highest elevation is 2,183 m (7,162 ft) high Gunung Korbu. On the Thai side the highest point is 1,533 m high Ulu Titi Basah (ยูลูติติ บาซาห์), located at the Thai/Malaysian border between Yala Province and Perak.[4] Among the southern foothills one of the most important is 1,276 m high Mount Ophir.

Infrastructure[edit]

Several popular tourist destinations such as Royal Belum, Cameron Highlands, Genting Highlands and Fraser's Hill are located on the range.

A number of roads cut through the Titiwangsa Forest Complex.

Protected areas[edit]

Thailand[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metcalfe, I., 2000, The Bentong-Raub Suture Zone: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, v. 18, p. 691-712
  2. ^ Metcalfe, I., 2002, Permian tectonic framework and palaeogeography of SE Asia: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, v. 20, p. 551-566
  3. ^ Avijit Gupta, The Physical Geography of Southeast Asia, Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN 978-0-19-924802-5
  4. ^ Gunong Ulu Titi Basah: Thailand

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