The savanna of Mount Bromo looks greener after burning. (Photo: Royal Tour Bromo)
JAKARTA – The charm of the savanna of Mount Bromo in East Java is even more stunning after it caught fire some time ago. This latest condition was reported by the X Ruang Lifehack account @risesknight121 via a short video.
The savanna, which was previously dominant with black dots and the gray color of burnt bushes in September 2023, has now changed completely. Everything is really green and very beautiful. Even the green color that appears on the savanna of Mount Bromo looks fresher than usual.
The Lifehack space then provides a scientific explanation of why the savanna of Mount Bromo looks green and beautiful after burning. According to the Lifehack Room, the remains of burning in the savanna of Mount Bromo produce two materials, namely ash and charcoal.
“You need to know that the most fertile soil on Earth in the Amazon Forest, also called Terra Preta, has the dominant composition of charcoal. If planted with plants, it will grow faster and more fertile,” wrote Ruang Lifehack.
The burning that occurs naturally provides charcoal to the soil in the savanna of Mount Bromo. From there the land in the savanna of Mount Bromo became more fertile than before. “It’s really beautiful that Bromo is now a grassland like Switzerland. Let’s keep nature green and sustainable,” wrote Ruang Lifehack.
Gusmailina M Rasyid and Gustan Pari’s research entitled Building Land Fertility with Charcoal strengthens Ruang Lifehack’s claims. Research released by the Forest Products Research and Development Center states that the use of charcoal is highly recommended to restore soil or land fertility levels.
“Charcoal is not a fertilizer, but the presence of charcoal in the soil can rebuild damaged soil fertility, because charcoal can raise the soil pH from acid to neutral levels,” wrote the report.
It was stated again in the research that charcoal has properties as an agent for increasing soil pH. So charcoal is very suitable for use on marginal land which is widespread in Indonesia.
According to them, charcoal can improve the structure, as well as aeration and drainage of the soil, so that it can stimulate the development of important microorganisms in the soil, therefore giving charcoal can improve the physical, chemical and biological properties of the soil. “If the soil structure and texture are good, the life of soil microorganisms will develop better,” he wrote.