Da Nang - the Motive Force of The Central Key Economic Region (Part 2) Print
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 16:37


Mineral resources

* White sand: mostly in Nam O, about 5 million m3

* Granite: in Non Nuoc, but it has been prohibited from exploitation for protecting Ngu Hanh Son, a famous tourist site.

* Construction stone: this is a main mineral of the city, concentrating mostly in the west, southwest, and north of the city.

* Slate for roofing: concentrating mostly in Pho Nam Village, Hoa Bac Commune. This is a kind of dark grey foliated rock that can be split into sheets of 0.05 x 0.1 x (0.3-0.5) m. The total reserves are about 500 thousand cubic meters.

* Construction sand, pebbles, gravels: sand in riverbed of Vinh Đien, Tuy Loan, Yen, Cau Đo, Cam Le, Cu De Rivers, pebbles in Hoa Bac, Hoa Lien.

* Laterite: There have three ores been cursorily researched: La Chau, Hoa Cam, Phuoc Ninh. This is kind of weathered Bol-Atek schist.

* Leveling materials: concentrating mostly in Hoa Phong, Hoa Son, and Da Phuoc. It is the facial layer of the weathered Bol-Atek schist. This layer is possibly 40-50m thick in some places.

* Clay: about 38 million m3.

* Mineral water: in Đong Nghe, 72m3/day.

* Especially, there could possibly be oil in the continental shelf.


Forest resources

The area of forest land in the city is 67,148 ha, mainly in the west and north of the city, including three types of forest: special use forest (SUF): 22,745 ha, including 15,933 ha of forest land; protective forest: 20,895 ha, including 17,468 ha of forest land; production forest: 23,508 ha, including 18,176 ha of forest land.

Forest in Da Nang focuses mainly in the west of Hoa Vang District, a few in Lien Chieu, Son Tra, and Ngu Hanh Son. The coverage rate is 49.6%, about 3 million cubic meters of timber, mainly distributed in areas with steep, complex terrain.


Besides economic significance, the city’s forest also serves scientific research, environmental protection and eco-tourism development. Nature has favored the city with such unique natural reverses as: Ba Na Natural Reserve, Son Tra Nature Reserve and Nam Hai Van Environmental Historic Cultural Area.


Ba Na Natural Reserve

The total land area is 8,838 hectares, in which forest area and forestry land are 8,800 hectares, including 6,942ha forest land (5,976ha of natural forest, 966ha of planted forest), 1,858 ha of land having no forest. This area has a great value of biodiversity, connecting to Bach Ma National Park (Thua Thien-Hue), Nam Hai Van SUF and the range of natural forests in the north and northwest of Quang Nam Province, creating a unique green forest range continuously stretching from the East Sea to the Vietnam–Laos border. The natural forest of Ba Na–Nui Chua has a species structure typical for the interaction between the two different plant sources of the north and the south, and also characterizes the buffer zone between the two fauna systems of North Truong Son and South Truong Son.


In addition, this area also has a cool and fresh climate; the source of the river, playing a significant role in protecting the environment, climate, serving scientific research and eco-tourism development for Da Nang City.


Nam Hai Van Environmental Historical Cultural Area

The total natural land area is 10,850ha, of which forest area and forestry land are 9,764ha (2,993.4ha of natural

forest, 2,565.4ha of planted forest, 4,205ha of land having no forest). The Nam Hai Van SUF is adjacent to Bach Ma National Park (Thua Thien-Hue) and Ba Na–Nui Chua Natural Reserve, all create corridor large enough for the conservation and development of forest animals in danger of extinction. As for environment, the Hai Van Pass generates obvious differences in climate and weather between the southern side (Da Nang) and the northern one (Thua Thien-Hue). It also a “shield” to protect Da Nang City from the impact of annual storms, and regulates the level of salinity of the Cu De River. Hai Van also has great values in terms of culture and history: this landscape has marked the Southwards march of the Vietnamese people to expand the territory.


Son Tra Natural Reserve

The total land area is 4,439 hectares, in which forest area and forestry land are 4,180ha, including 3,431ha of forest (2,806ha of natural forest, 625ha of planted forest), land without forest is 748ha. This is natural reserve has both coastal wetland eco-system and primary tropical forest floor. The tropical flora genetic resource of Son Tra is diverse and rich in the number of individuals that are able to provide native plant varieties serving afforestation, such as: parashorea chinensis (ch. chai), lithocarpus (dẻ cau), dipterocarpus alatus Roxb (dầu lá bóng), etc. Especially, Son Tra has many species of rare animals in danger of extinction, in which there is pygathrix (vooc chà vá)–the endemic species of the Indochina that needs to be specially protected. On the other hand, Son Tra is also the source of fresh water for the city and is home to many beautiful and historic sites which are very valuable for tourism. In addition, Son Tra plays the role of a shield protecting the city from storms and winds.

Water resources

+ Sea

Da Nang has a coastline of about 30km long, with Da Nang Bay formed by Hai Van Mountain side and Son Tra Peninsula. The water here is deep which is favorable for the construction of large ports and a number of other specialized ports. Da Nang lies on international seaways so it is very convenient for transportation waterway. Besides, Da Nang Bay also shelters many large-capacity vessels from storms. Da Nang has a large fishing field at over 15 thousand square kilometers with over 266 species, in which there are 16 high economic value species (11 kinds of shrimp, 02 kinds of squid, and 3 kinds of sea weed). The total reserves are 1,136 thousand tons of all kinds of sea products and are distributed at different depth: under 50m (31%), 50-200m (48%), over 200m (20.6%). About 150-200 thousand tons of sea products are caught every year.


Da Nang sea has many beautiful beaches and wonderful landscapes, such as: Non Nuoc, My Khe, Thanh Khe, Nam O, etc., in which My Khe Beach (Non Nuoc) has been voted by the Forbes Magazine (USA) as one of the six most beautiful and charming beaches of the planet. In particular, around Son Tra Peninsula is the stunning coastline arc stretching tens of kilometers with large coral beaches favorable for the development of marine tourism. Also, the exploration drill for oil, gas, fuel, etc. has been done in Da Nang waters.


+ River: Da Nang has two major rivers flowing into Da Nang Bay: Han River (catchment-area of 5,180km2) and Cu De River (catchment-area of 472km2), which are the primary source of water for living and production of Da Nang. In addition, the city has more than 546 hectares of water surface, pool and lagoon capable of aquaculture, and regulating the ecological environment.


Land resources

The total area is 1,255.53 km2 (mostly mountains and islands, in which the island district of Hoàng Sa is 305 km2). The city has different soil types: coastal dunes and sandy soil, saline soil, alkaline soil, alluvial soil, infertile gray soil and gray soil, black soil, ferralsols, humic acrisols, etc. In particular, alluvial soil in coastal plains is suitable for intensive farming of rice, vegetable and fruit trees; ferralsols in hilly areas is suitable for long-term industrial crops, specialty trees, medicines, animal husbandry and for building infrastructural works.(end)

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