Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 10:25AM
[chuck] in Science, West Kalimantan, roads

I usually have mixed feelings about building roads in tropical forests.  On one hand, they can allow local forest dwellers to get their products to market and provide a much-needed source of income.  On the other hand, they can allow a lot of new folks from outside to move into the area with decidedly negative effects on the local plants and animals.  Largely in response to the rich palette of soil colors, my first impression of this road in the Sanggau Regency of West Kalimantan was entirely positive.

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