from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of Indonesia in southeast Borneo on an inlet of Makassar Strait. It is a major port and oil center. Population: 470,000.


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  • The Jakarta Post - The Journal of Indonesia Today: Residents in Balikpapan and other parts of East Kalimantan may be familiar with the Borneo Crocodile Recreational Park on Jl. Mulawarman in the city, managed by CV Surya Raya Crocodile Farm.

    Archive 2007-06-24

  • Joint-venture companies controlled by BHP and Indonesia's PT Adaro Energy will start building the Haju mine in the jungle around 220 kilometers northwest of Balikpapan port by the end of the year, BHP said.

    BHP Billiton to Begin Work on Indonesia Coal Project

  • This nearby city of Balikpapan has a big problem with water, it's 80 percent surrounded by seawater, and we have now a lot of intrusion there.

    Willie Smits restores a rainforest

  • Then there is the 14-year-old who left poverty and political instability in China during the early 20th century for Indonesia and founded his own small taxi enterprise in Balikpapan.

    Finding China, in Far-Flung Lands

  • Later, Jansen and the others received a message to go back to the bay at Balikpapan, and they set off downstream again.

    The Prize

  • Preemptive destruction of oil facilities, similar to that at Balikpapan, was carried out elsewhere in the East Indies.

    The Prize

  • In what became known as the Battle of Balikpapan, the Americans sank four of the transports, plus a patrol boat.

    The Prize

  • Meanwhile, the first steps toward demolishing the Balikpapan refinery complex were underway.

    The Prize

  • That was how the English and Dutch oil men at Balikpapan learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    The Prize

  • IN THE FIRST WEEK of December 1941, an American naval squadron was on a courtesy call in the huge, splendid harbor at Balikpapan, in Borneo, in the British East Indies.

    The Prize


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