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Kachin Hills and Ayeyarwady River, Myanmar

25.3N 97.3E

July 24th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Myanmar - June 29th, 2009

Myanmar - June 29th, 2009

The Kachin Hills are a heavily forested group of highlands in the extreme northeastern of Kachin State, the northernmost state in Myanmar. Kachin State has Myanmar’s highest mountain, Hkakabo Razi (5,889 metres (19,320 ft)), forming the southern tip of the Himalayas.

The land within the Kachin Hill tracts is roughly estimated at 19,177 sq. mi., and consists of a series of ranges, for the most part running north and south. These ranges are intersected by valleys, all leading towards the Ayeyarwady River (right) which drains the country.

The capital city of Kachin State, Myitkyina, lies on the west bank of the Ayeyarwady River. It is the northernmost river port and railway terminus in Myanmar. In the full, orthorectified image, some other populated areas can be seen in a valley at the lower left.

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