By Goh Kim Chuan, Mark Cleary

ISBN-10: 0415172438

ISBN-13: 9780415172431

This designated examine is the 1st intensive exam of our surroundings and improvement of the Straits. Taking an integrative technique, the ebook argues that the zone has an underlying harmony which political divisions (between Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore) disguise.
Its emphasis is on 3 significant components: first, a learn of the ancient geography of the quarter illustrates its position as a sea-corridor which hooked up the markets of India and China. Secondly, that modern styles of financial improvement and exchange have persisted to extend the strategic significance of the zone. ultimately, the textual content highlights the main environmental difficulties, resembling pollutants, site visitors and tourism, that now threaten the ocean and beach.

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The potential for agriculture depends primarily on the state of development and depth of the organic material. Beach ridges comprising mainly coarse sand, loamy sand and sandy loam are relatively rare in the plains of eastern Sumatra, because the gradient of the rivers is so small that the sandy proportion of the river load never reaches the sea but is deposited upstream. In Central Sumatra and the northern part of South Sumatra beach ridges of any importance are also lacking. An exception is in the narrow alluvial strip of the extreme south of Sumatra where beach ridges of 5–10 m 38 THE SHAPING OF THE ENVIRONMENT above mean sea-level are found.

Farmers had to dig small drainage canals, clear the land and construct small dykes to keep water on the fields. Such areas have been turned to paddy fields (sawah), while on slightly higher ground or where wider main bunds have been constructed, coconut and some fruit trees are planted. Despite the fact that spontaneous migrants had to rely completely on their own initiative and resources, in terms of the overall land reclaimed, their efforts are as important as the government sponsored projects.

Such areas have been turned to paddy fields (sawah), while on slightly higher ground or where wider main bunds have been constructed, coconut and some fruit trees are planted. Despite the fact that spontaneous migrants had to rely completely on their own initiative and resources, in terms of the overall land reclaimed, their efforts are as important as the government sponsored projects. Nevertheless, the overall achievement of the government’s transmigration programme over the years has been paltry.

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