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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.

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