BLACK SAND, GREY DUST

by Hasnoor Hussain
The Indonesian island of Bali, with its beautiful beaches and natural lakes formed by volcanos, has long been a tourist’s paradise. But the huge number of tourists to the island is a double-edged sword. To cater for the rapid growth of the tourism industry, there is a high demand for basic construction material as more shops and hotels are built. This also means more mining activities are carried out to extract black sand, threatening the environment and the lives of villagers.
 
In the north part of the island, active volcano of Mount Batur is well known for its natural magnificence. On 2012, Mount Batur received UNESCO recognition by gazzetted it under Global Geopark Network. Despite world recognition, sand mining for black sand is still occur and the quarrying activity leave bad impact to environment.