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Overview of Dak Nong Province – Part 2 Print
Sunday, 08 July 2012 17:36

2012_Jun_8_-_Pic_1VIETRADE - A great reserve of underground water, at a depth of 40–90 meters, is found in most of the basaltic highlands and other areas of the province. It serves as the supplementary source of water for manufacturing and routine daily needs during the dry season. However in some mountainous areas of Dak R’Lap District, Dak Glong District and Gia Nghia town, the underground water resources are very limited, because the cost of drilling wells is rather high and needed energy sources for such an endeavor are non-existent.


Forest resource: There is 324,000ha of agricultural land with forest, with the percentage of forest-cover in the province 49%. Natural forest exists in almost every district, mainly in mountainous areas, meaning benefits of watershed protecting, erosion resistance, and environmental protection.


Categorization by use:

- Dak Nong has 257,000ha of land used in forest harvesting (including natural and planted forest). Such land is found in almost every district, occupying 79% of the total sylvicultural land area of the province.

- Protective forests of 39,000ha are mainly in Dak R’Lap, Dak Glong, Dak Mil and Dak Song districts, accounting for 12% of the total sylvicultural land of the province.

- Specialized forest of 28,000ha is located mainly in Dak Glong and Krong No district and used for ecology preservation and tourism. Planted forest is located mainly in hill and low-mountain areas which are not far from residential areas.


2012_Jun_8_-_Pic_2Natural forests in Dak Nong have many abundant and diversified examples of fauna and flora systems. There are many primeval forests with various species of precious wood and special plants valuable both in terms of economical worth and science.


In the forests live many valuable and rare fauna species such as elephants, bears, and tigers that are listed in national and international Red Books. And there are many precious medicinal plants which are necessary for traditional-medicine manufacturing. The Nam Nung - Ta Dung Nature Reserve in particular has primeval forests with much beautiful scenery and waterfalls forming an attractive tourism complex.


Mineral resources: Surveys indicate that there could very well be many types and large deposits of minerals in Dak Nong Province, specifically:

- Bauxite: located in Gia Nghia Town and Dak Glong, Dak R’Lap, and Dak Song districts but mainly in Gia Nghia Town and Dak Glong District. Estimated reserves are 3.4 billion tons; exploratory reserves 2.6 billion tons.


The Al2O3 (aluminum oxide) content is 35-40%. The surface, under which this ore lies, is a good basaltic layer on which grows forest and long-term industrial crops. Challenges blocking the exploitation are lack of transportation arteries, power, water, and funding.


- Valuable and rare minerals: Gold and precious stones such as white and red sapphires are at Truong Xuan Commune, Dak Song district. Volfram, tin and antimony are at Gia Nghia Town and Dak Glong, Cu Jut District.


In addition, there are minerals etc exploitable for building materials of use for socioeconomic and construction projects of the province. Some examples: There is clay used in brick and tile manufacturing, kaolin for making quality pottery, puzzolane for manufacturing cement and ceramic bricks, basaltic rock for processing soundproof and insulating ashlar facing stone and heatproof fiber.


And finally, there is mineral water, in Dak Mil District, discovered in 1983. It’s found at a depth of 180 meters and reserves are sizeable - 570 m3 of water and 10 tons of CO2 (carbon dioxide) a day. Only the carbon dioxide is being exploited.


Tourism-related resource: There is much beautiful scenery - primeval forests, waterfalls, lakes and reservoirs. Most of the waterfalls are in the middle of the forests and are magnificently beautiful; examples: Trinh Nu, Dray Sap, Dieu Thanh, Gau, Chuong, Ngam, Lieng Nung, and Dak G’lun. In the middle of Nam Nung Nature Reserves (25,000ha) and Ta Dung Nature Reserves (28,000 ha) and the small grassland Ba Cay, there are ecotourism and outdoor tourism areas offering these pleasures for example: horse-riding, hunting and camping.


The highland ethnic minority villages, especially those of the M’nong tribe, with unique traditional cultural activities - such as the gong festival, drinking rice vodka through gigantic straws, the bull festival, and historical epics - offer vast potential to develop cultural tourism. That tourism potential is the foundation to promote dynamic forms of ecotourism, considering the waterfalls, lakes, dams, gardens, forest sightseeing; there is entertainment tourism potential; there is mountain-climbing, hunting, and horse-racing; and finally there is cultural tourism such as taking part in the traditional festivals of minority ethnic groups.

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