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Mun and Mekong Rivers, Thailand

15.2N 105.4E

April 2nd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Thailand - March 5th, 2010

Thailand - March 5th, 2010

The Mun River, sometimes spelled Moon River, flows horizontally across the middle of this image of Thailand. It is a tributary of the Mekong River, which is visible near the right edge at the Laos border and east of the Phang Kham lake.

The Mun carries approximately 21,000 cubic kilometres of water per year. It rises in the Khao Yai National Park of the Sankambeng range, near Nakhon Ratchasima in the Isan area of Thailand. It then flows east through the Khorat Plateau in southern Isan (Buriram, Surin and Sisaket provinces) for 466 miles (750 km) until it joins the Mekong at Khong Chiam in Ubon Ratchathani by the border with Laos.

The controversial Pak Mun dam is located near the confluence with the Mekong. The Pak Mun dam is located 5.5 km west of the confluence of the Mun and Mekong rivers in Ubon Ratchathani province, Thailand. The project has been criticised for adverse effects on the fisheries of the Mun River, insufficient compensation payments to affected villagers, and failure to produce the projected power output.

Vegetation Index of Thailand and Neighbors

16.2N 103.3E

February 11th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Thailand - January 26th, 2010

Thailand - January 26th, 2010

This FAPAR image shows parts of Thailand (left), Cambodia (center) and Vietnam (right), in southeast Asia.  Parts of Laos are also included although mostly covered by clouds. Areas of high photosynthetic activity appear dark red, those with good activity green, and those with low activity yellow.

The northeast of Thailand, Isan, consists of the Khorat Plateau, bordered to the east by the Mekong River. This area shows a good vegetation index, increasing to high in some areas.

The centre of the country is dominated by the predominantly flat Chao Phraya river valley, which runs into the Gulf of Thailand. This area appears yellow to light green, indicating a lower vegetation index than on the plateau.