IPOH: Some 135 people are now trekking Gunung Korbu on a multifaceted scientific research expedition.
Consisting of people from various universities, government and non-governmental organisations, they would take part in the week-long expedition at the mountain to collect data on geology, biology, water quality, cultural and recreation.
Perak Minerals and Geoscience Department director Datuk Ahmad Zukni Ahmad Khalil said the expedition was crucial to add value to Gunung Korbu, which is a part of the Kinta Valley National Geopark.
“We will present the results at a scientific seminar scheduled next year.
"Our department will also produce research books based on data collected from this expedition,” he told reporters before flagging off the expedition near the Sultan Azlan Shah Shah dam on Monday (July 1).
Among universities that participated in the expedition are Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Kolej Yayasan Uem and Universiti Sains Malaysia.
The expedition was also joined by the Malaysian Nature Society, Perak Museum Board, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Fire and Rescue Department and the Mineral and Geoscience Department from Kedah, Perlis and Penang.