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Forests and Mountains of Southeast Asia

20.9N 100.1E

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.

Red River Delta, Vietnam

20.4N 106.1E

July 25th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Vietnam - July 11th, 2009

Vietnam - July 11th, 2009

The Red River, also known as the Song Ca in Vietnamese or the Yuan River in Chinese, is a river that flows from southwestern China through northern Vietnam to the Gulf of Tonkin. In this orthorectified image, it can be seen at its mouth, flowing into the gulf.

The Red River begins in China’s Yunnan province in the mountains south of Dali. It flows generally southeastwardly, leaving China through Yunnan’s Honghe Autonomous Prefecture.

It enters Vietnam at Lào Cai Province. Once reaching the lowlands near Viet Tri, the river and its distributaries spread out to form the Red River Delta. The delta is a major agricultural area of Vietnam with vast area devoted to rice.

Here, the cities of Nam Dinh (left) and Thai Binh (right) are visible in the Red River Delta, near the riverbanks. The foothills of the northern Annamite Mountains line the left side of the image.