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Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia

Photo by Juhku / Getty images.

Gunung Mulu lies just below the equator on the Malaysian island of Borneo. 

Covered by thousands of miles of tropical rainforest, the park teems with life and unique natural phenomena. Several millenia of heavy rain have carved formations in the park’s limestone. Jagged spires called the Pinnacles of Gunung Mulu jut out from Borneo’s jungles. Beneath the forest lay vast limestone caves, among the largest in the world, which are home to the Borneo roundleaf bat. The bats emerge from their caves after storms to prey on insects, flying in swarms of more than 3 million. This sight resembles a magnificent serpent dancing through the air, earning the name the “black dragon.” —Prepared by the World Tribune staff

August 18, 2023, World Tribune, p. 12

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