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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.

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