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Sulawesi Tanah Biru 2007

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Our friend Leo wanted to build a Pinisi
 so we travelled to South Sulawesi, Tanah Biru,
 the only place in the world
 where they still build these large wooden sailing boats.
 The only wood that one can use for this is
 Ulin (Eusideroxylon zwageri).
 The only places in the world where it exists are
 Sulawesi and Kalimantan.
 Around the village of Tanah Biru, it is now a big waste land
 because they forgot to plant new trees...
 The trees grow very slow
 and the ones that they need are over a hundred years old.
 So gradually the builders emigrate now to Kalimantan,
 cutting the last trees there...