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Sediments in Gulf of Martaban and Channels of Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

20.7N 72.0E

February 26th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Myanmar - February 11th, 2011

Tan sediments color the waters of the Gulf of Martaban, in southern Myanmar. These sediments spill forth mainly from the Salween Sittaung and Yangon Rivers.

Although the gulf often appears completely opaque tan, in this image the sediment load is lighter. The lower part of the gulf thus appears greenish in color, while the upper part shows tan streaks from the movement of the silt (best observed in full image).

Sediments can also be observed at the delta of the Irrawaddy River (or Ayeyarwady River), west of the gulf. Click here for a detailed look at the channels of the Irrawaddy.

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