Thermal springs of Malaysia and their potential development

Abdul Rahim Samsudin, Umar Hamzah, Rakmi Ab Rahman, Chamhuri Siwar, Mohd. Fauzi Mohd. Jani, Redzuan Othman

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The study on the potential development of hot springs for the tourism industry in Malaysia was conducted. Out of the 40 hot springs covered, the study identified 9 hot springs having a high potential for development, 14 having medium potential and the remaining 17 having low or least potential for development. This conclusion was arrived at after considering the technical and economic feasibility of the various hot springs. Technical feasibility criteria includes geological factors, water quality, temperature and flow rate. The economic feasibility criteria considers measures such as accessibility, current and market potentials in terms of visitors, surrounding attractions and existing inventory and facilities available. A geological input indicates that high potential hot springs are located close to or within the granite body and associated with major permeable fault zones. They normally occur at low elevation adjacent to topographic highs. High potential hot springs are also characterised by high water temperature, substantial flowrate and very good water quality which is important for water-body contact activities such as soaking. Economic criteria for high potential hot springs are associated with good accessibility, good market, good surrounding attractions like rural and village setting and well developed facilities and infrastructures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-284
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Asian Earth Sciences
Volume15
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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Samsudin, A. R., Hamzah, U., Rahman, R. A., Siwar, C., Mohd. Jani, M. F., & Othman, R. (1997). Thermal springs of Malaysia and their potential development. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 15(2-3), 275-284.

Thermal springs of Malaysia and their potential development. / Samsudin, Abdul Rahim; Hamzah, Umar; Rahman, Rakmi Ab; Siwar, Chamhuri; Mohd. Jani, Mohd. Fauzi; Othman, Redzuan.

In: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, Vol. 15, No. 2-3, 1997, p. 275-284.

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Samsudin, AR, Hamzah, U, Rahman, RA, Siwar, C, Mohd. Jani, MF & Othman, R 1997, 'Thermal springs of Malaysia and their potential development', Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, vol. 15, no. 2-3, pp. 275-284.
Samsudin AR, Hamzah U, Rahman RA, Siwar C, Mohd. Jani MF, Othman R. Thermal springs of Malaysia and their potential development. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences. 1997;15(2-3):275-284.
Samsudin, Abdul Rahim ; Hamzah, Umar ; Rahman, Rakmi Ab ; Siwar, Chamhuri ; Mohd. Jani, Mohd. Fauzi ; Othman, Redzuan. / Thermal springs of Malaysia and their potential development. In: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences. 1997 ; Vol. 15, No. 2-3. pp. 275-284.
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