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Expedition to inland Misool


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One of the wildest territories on the planet:
A delight for ethnologists and ornithologists.


Date : January 2008
Report : Eric Battistoni

Covering 2,000 km² with the highest point reaching close to 560 m, Misool is the second largest of the four Raja Ampat Islands. Its geographical remoteness from continental Papua and rugged, deeply bisected and  heavily forested, predominantly limestone karst terrain make this one of the wildest and most visually stunning places in the entire Raja Ampat archipelago. To the north, a coastline of dense and deep mangroves shelter some villages located on the rare beaches fringed with coconut palms. To the east, a labyrinth of toadstool-shaped limestone islets and pinnacles, deeply undercut below the high-tide water surface and covered in luxuriant vegetation, spreads out into a turquoise sea. Seemingly lost or hidden in this paradise are a few pearl farms and small villages.

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      To read more:

Click here to discover the incredible bad luck and missed Misool  trip made by Alfred Russell Wallace in 1860

Click here
for a list of Misool expeditions





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icoAn unexplored island

At first sight, the island reveals a thick green carpet of a dense jungle whose summits are often lost in the clouds. The almost impenetrable interior of the island is today supposedly deserted although, less than 50 years ago, some villages existed inland. It is reported that the last inlanders would have reach the coast 30 years ago.
Misool is an unexplored island. The first steps in discovering the island have been made by biologists and ornithologists interested in the tremendous avifauna diversity, and ethnologists and linguists challenged by the multiplicity of Papuans dialects.

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Table of content

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Expedition to inland Misool

  The incredible and unlucky story of Alfred Russell Wallace - 1860

List of exeditions to Misool
 
Image South East Misool: Gamta Village and countryside
  Geological evolution and consequences on biodiversity

Story of inhabitants and villages
 
 
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The Gam River: Going Upstream