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Sediments in Irrawaddy Delta, Myanmar – November 13th, 2010

16.1N 96.2E

November 13th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Myanmar - November 5th, 2010

The thick load of tan sediments in the lower part of this image is spilling forth from the mouth of the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River in Myanmar (Burma). It is the country’s largest river and most important commercial waterway.

Originating from the confluence of the N’mai and Mali rivers, it flows relatively straight North-South before emptying through the Irrawaddy Delta into the Andaman Sea. Its drainage area of about 413,000 km² covers a large part of Myanmar. Multiple braided channels can be seen in the delta area.

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