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Forests and Mountains of Southeast Asia

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December 22nd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Southeast Asia - November 10th, 2009

Southeast Asia - November 10th, 2009

While most of this image is occupied by mountainous and forested areas, the Gulf of Martaban by Myanmar and the Gulf of Tonkin by Vietnam are visible in the lower left corner and center right side, respectively.

Myanmar occupies the land on the left side of the image, with northern Thailand visible east of the Gulf of Martaban. Part of Vietnam covers the right side of image, with Laos visible south-southwest of the Gulf of Tonkin. Finally, part of southeastern China can be seen as a reddish brown area towards the top center.

The borders of Laos are formed by the Mekong River, which forms a large part of the western boundary with Thailand, and the mountains of the Annamite Chain, which form most of the eastern border with Vietnam. The rest of this landlocked country has a thickly forested landscape consisting mostly of rugged mountains, with some plains and plateaus.

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