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Tropical Forests of Andaman Archipelago

12.5N 92.7E

April 23rd, 2012 Category: Snapshots

Andaman Islands - April 14th, 2012

The Andaman Archipelago is an oceanic continuation of the Burmese Arakan Yoma range in the North and of the Indonesian Archipelago in the South. It includes some two hundred islands in the Bay of Bengal, with the Andaman Sea to the east between the islands and the coast of Myanmar.

The natural vegetation of the Andamans is tropical forest with mangroves on the coast. Most of the forests are evergreen but there are areas of deciduous forest on North Andaman, Middle Andaman, Baratang and parts of South Andaman Island. The rainforests of the islands are similar in composition to those of the west coast of Myanmar and are largely unspoilt despite logging and the demands of the fast-growing population driven by immigration from the Indian mainland.

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