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Coastal Lowlands of Central Vietnam

February 28th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Coastal Lowlands, Central Vietnam - February 23rd, 2009

Coastal Lowlands, Central Vietnam - February 23rd, 2009

Vietnam is approximately 331,688 kmĀ² (128,066 sq mi) in area (not including Hoang Sa and Truong Sa islands), larger than Italy and almost the size of Germany.

The perimeter of the country running along its international boundaries is 4,639 km (2,883 mi).

Vietnam’s topography consists of hills and densely forested mountains, with level land covering no more than 20%.

Mountains account for 40% of the area, with smaller hills accounting for 40% and tropical forests 42%.

The northern part of the country consists mostly of highlands and the Red River Delta, partially visible in the upper right corner.

Comprising five relatively flat plateaus of basalt soil, the highlands account for 16% of the country’s arable land and 22% of its total forested land.

The south is divided into coastal lowlands, Annamite Chain peaks, extensive forests, and poor soil.

The area visible here focuses on the green coastal lowlands, in the central part of the country, criss-crossed by golden colored, sediment-laden rivers.

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