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location Kalimantan Timur , Borneo , Indonesia
River system Mahakam
source Lake Djempang, Danau Melintang, Lake Semajang
muzzle Strait of Makassar Coordinates: 0 ° 47 ′ 42 "  S , 117 ° 27 ′ 47"  E 0 ° 47 ′ 42 "  S , 117 ° 27 ′ 47"  E

length 960 km
Big cities Samarinda
Navigable 523 km
Mahakam at Samarinda

Mahakam at Samarinda

The Mahakam is the longest river in the Indonesian province of Kalimantan Timur in eastern Borneo . It reaches a length of 960 km, of which 523 km are navigable and flows near the city of Samarinda in the Makassar Strait . In particular, the central Mahakam region, located in a geological depression with an area of ​​around 8100 square kilometers, is particularly rich in various animal species. There are about thirty smaller lakes and the three large lakes Jempang, Melingtang and Semayang. Larger tributaries are Belayan , Kedang Kepala, and Kedang Rantau .

A boat carrying 44 woodworkers sank in the river in April 2013 after being hit by a large wave. Five people were still missing two days later.

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  1. Death toll in Indonesia boat sinking climbs to 18. In: Channel NewsAsia. April 19, 2013, accessed April 19, 2013 .