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Fires Near Tonlé Sap, Cambodia

12.9N 104.0E

March 9th, 2010 Category: Fires, Lakes, Rivers

Cambodia - March 5th, 2010

Cambodia - March 5th, 2010

The Tonlé Sap, in Cambodia, is a combined lake and river system and the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia. The lake occupies a depression created due to the geological stress induced by the collision of the Indian subcontinent with Asia. A cluster of fires is visible here to the southwest of the lake.

The combined system is peculiar due to the fact that its flow changes direction twice per year. However, in recent years the building of high dams in Southern China and Laos has threatened the strength and volume of the reverse flow into Tonlé Sap; a phenomenon that environmentalists have been slow to recognize or raise concern about. Already fish catches are significantly down.

Sediments Entering Tonlé Sap, Cambodia

12.9N 104.0E

February 7th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Cambodia - December 17th, 2011

The Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It is of global significance and was nominated as a Biosphere Reserve in October 1997 under the Man and Biosphere Program of UNESCO Here, sediments can be seen entering the lake from rivers along the northern shoreline.

The Tonle Sap’s watershed supports an estimated 3 million Cambodians, most of whom derive subsistence-level incomes mainly through fishing from the lake. The Tonle Sap’s natural resources are coming under pressure from exploitation of the fisheries but also firewood collection, agricultural encroachment, and hunting and collecting of wildlife resources.

Hazy Skies and Fires Near the Tonlé Sap in Southeast Asia

April 28th, 2010 Category: Fires, Lakes

Cambodia and Thailand - March 5th, 2010

Cambodia and Thailand - March 5th, 2010

This image of Southeast Asia includes parts of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Upon opening the full image, some fires are visible southwest of the  Tonlé Sap, a large lake in Cambodia. Some smoky haze from other fires in the region can also be observed in the upper left quadrant.

The Tonlé Sap, appearing tan and green from sediments, here, is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, occupying a large depression. It is part of a combined lake and river system that is particular in that its flow changes direction twice a year.

Fires in Thailand and Myanmar

13.8N 100.8E

March 11th, 2010 Category: Fires

Thailand - March 5th, 2010

Thailand - March 5th, 2010

Several fires are visible in Thailand (center) and Myanmar (left), with smoke creating a hazy effect over much of those countries and their eastern neighbor, Cambodia. As we have observed in other articles published this week, hundreds of blazes in Southeast Asia were creating a veil of smoke over much of that region, including Laos and Cambodia.

Many of these fires, common during the Southeast Asia late dry season, may be agricultural, set to clear crops or pastures. Others may have been started in that manner and then accidentally spread to forest land.

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