Now, I invite you to my hometown in West Sumatera, Indonesia.
In 30th September 2009, Padang affected by earthquake about 7.6 SR. West Sumatera located between the Eurasian plate and the Indo-Australia and the fracture Semangko. All three are active seismic area. According to the seismologists, West Sumatera has a cycle of 200 years the great earthquake at the beginning of the 21st century. And now, it has been under repeated cycles.
West Sumatra is known as the Minang tribe. Friendly people and guided by the "Adat basandi syarak dan syarak basandi kitabullah”. It mean that Minang people is living based on the principle of rules and traditions. And tradition are based on the religion of Islam and Al Quran. All people of Minang tride are the moslem, otherwise they are not Minang tride.
“Alam takambang jadi Guru”, it mean that the universe is a teacher for our life. Many things can be a lessons and science from natural life. West Sumatra is very beautiful places and has tour place that are visited by tourists. West Sumatra is in Indonesia's westernmost region and directly related to the Indian Ocean. So it has many beaches, especially in the area of Padang and Pariaman.
Besides West Sumatra is also surrounded by mountains that they are still active, it is not surprising that this area either tectonic earthquakes or volcanic. There are so many formed the lake and valley. West Sumatra has four beautiful lakes, namely Danau Maninjau,Danau Singkarak,Danau di Atas dan di Bawah, and Danau Talang.
1. Singkarak Lake
Singkarak lake is the biggest lake in West Sumatra and two biggest on the island of Sumatra after Toba Lake. The lake is located in two districts namely Solok and Tanah Datar. The extent of 129.6 square kilometers with a depth of 268 meters. This lake is upstream of Batang Ombilin river. Most of the water flows through a tunnel Bukit Barisan to Batang Anai. This lake have hydropower of Singkarak.
Singkarak has a distance 48 km from the town of Bukittinggi. And 75 km from the city of Padang and 100 km from the city of Padang Panjang. Singkarak is very famous with ikan Bilih. Ikan bilih are the species of fish that only life in Singkarak lake. They cannot survive if they move from Singkarak lake.
2. Danau Maninjau
It is the second largest lake in West Sumatra. Located in the district of Tanjung Raya, Agam regency. Located approximately 140 km in north of the city of Padang, 36 km from the town of Bukittinggi. Maninjau is formed by volcanic eruption of Sitinjau Mountain with a height of 461.50 m above sea level and an area of about 99.5 square miles.
One part of the lake there are Maninjau hydropower.The highest peak of Danau Maninjau is known as Puncak Lawang. The source of water Maninjau is named Batang Sri Antokan.
To reach the lake from the direction of Bukittinggi, Maninjau if it will pass through a winding road known as Kelok 44 along approximately 10 km from the Ambun Pagi. Kelok 44 mean there have 44 of winding road.
3. Di Ateh dan Di Bawah Lake
|Di Ates Lake|
The lake is known for its twin lakes because there are two lakes are located very close to about 300 meters. The location of this tectonic lake in Solok. But its unique lake, the higher than sea level is called Di Bawah Lake, it mean that the lake position is below. And the closer to the surface of the sea called Di Atas Lake, it mean that the location is under than Di Atas Lake.
Diateh Lake area of approximately 17.20 square meters with a height of 1.6 km above sea level while Dibawah Lake area of approximately 16.90 square meters with an area of 866 meters are above sea level.
4. Talang Lake
The lake is located near Talang Mountain in Solok. The lake is not very well known because of its location close to the Talang Mountain and it is still active. So the lake is a prohibited area for tourists. The lake is located 4.5 miles from Twin Lakes. Because the lake is close to Talang Mountain, so that any volcanic dust blanketed much of the area.
That some of the natural places for tour in West Sumatera...
You can visit there...and enjoy it beautifull natural scene of lake...