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Dense Sediments in Gulf of Martaban, Myanmar – January 16th, 2011

January 16th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Myanmar - December 26th, 2010

As usual, the Gulf of Martaban, in southern Myanmar (formerly Burma), appears an opaque tan color due to sediments. The gulf is an arm of the Andaman Sea.

These sediments come principally from the Salween Sittaung and Yangon Rivers. The former is about 2,815 kilometres (1,749 mi) long and flows from the Tibetan Plateau into the gulf. The latter  is formed by the confluence of the Pegu and Myitmaka rivers and is a marine estuary that runs from Yangon to the gulf.

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