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LANGKAWI : KEDAH - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

LANGKAWI GEOPARK : Datai Bay Beach

 
 

Datai Bay

Rich Landscape At Malaysian Oldest Piece Of Land

 

Datai Bay at the north west of Langkawi is a rich coastal landscape, formed over millions of years by the wave activity. Strong waves erodes the exposed rock into particles while the weak wave deposits the particles that accumulate, called sediments. These continuous processes have crafted the unique landscape of Datai Bay, in which certain features of the beach are easily identifiable, and have become the Bay?s trademarks.

 
 

OLDEST ROCK FORMATION

 

The natural construction of these features greatly influenced the types of rock formation. Datai Bay is a sequence of interbedded sandstone and shale which is called Mat Cincang Formation aged 550 million years old and regarded as the oldest rock in Malaysia. Indeed this area is one of the most important geological sites in Malaysia which must be preserved and protected for educational and research purposes.

 
 
 

HIGH GEOLOGICAL VALUE

 

Datai Bay also has a great diversity of rocks, structural and landform, which contributes to the high geological value of the site. The rock diversity is easily defined by the rock types within the Mat Cincang Formation. At the Bay, this sedimentary rock as identified along the rocky beach is a layer of dark shale and fine to coarse grain sandstone. Most of the dark shale and fine grain sandstone can be well observed along the rocky beach to Tanjung Hulor. To the east, towards Anak Datai Island, the coarse grain sandstone becomes dominant. The diversity of rocks in Datai Bay is a record of environmental change during the period of sediment deposition 550 million years ago. The deposition environment during that time is believed to be of river deltas and shallow coastal areas.

 
 
 

Indeed this area is one of the most important geological sites in Malaysia which must be preserved and protected for educational and research purposes.

 
 
PRIMARY & SECONDARY STRUCTURES
 

Structural diversity in the Mat Cincang Formation can be viewed at the rock exposure along the rocky beach. Rock structures formed during the sediment deposition are called the primary structure, and by tectonic activity are known as the secondary structure. Primary structures such as planar bedding and cross lamination are found along the rocky beach, while the secondary structure consists of faults, folds, joints and quartz veins intrusions.

 
 
 
COASTAL OUTLINES & SOFT SAND
 

The landform diversity at Datai Bay is a plethora of wonderful coastal types; rocky beach, sandy beach, pebbly beach, abrasion platform, depositional platform, gravel bar, sea stacks, sea caves and residual island. The sand here feels extremely soft beneath bare feet. The series of abrasion platforms along the rocky beach display the structure painted on them. Great persistence by the wave and erosion processes had shaped the pebbles on the beach into semi rounded, rounded and pellet like. The works of the tireless wave with the help of structures within the rock had eroded part of the promontory to form residual islands and at the small scale they are called sea stacks. At an area where the wave is strong, such as at the west of Anak Burau Island, the erosion along the vertical layer of rocks had formed sea caves and rocky arches.

 
 
 
TOURISM EDUCATION
 

Datai Bay is one of the sites in South East Asia with significant geological history. It also perfectly showcases the coastal landscape for sedimentary rocks. The diverse landscape in this area provides a great opportunity for research and tourism education. Not to mention a living exhibition of beguiling rock formations.

 
 
 
 
LANGKAWI GEOPARK : Datai Bay Beach
LANGKAWI : KEDAH - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA