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Vegetation Index Near Irrawaddy Delta, Myanmar

16.5N 97.0E

February 19th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Myanmar - December 30th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of southern Malaysia. The country has 1,930 kilometres (1,200 mi) of contiguous coastline along the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea to the southwest and the south, which forms one quarter of its total perimeter.

Myanmar has mountain chains that divide its three river systems, and fertile plains exist in the valleys between the mountain chains. Here, the Irrawaddy River, the country’s longest river, nearly 2,170 kilometres (1,348 mi) long, can be seen flowing into the Gulf of Martaban. In this image, the vegetation index is highest (rusty red) near the coast to the northwest of the Irrawaddy Delta. It is generally good (green) to the east of the delta. By the delta itself, and north of the Gulf of Martaban, the index is mixed, including some areas of low (yellow) photosynthetic activity.

Vegetation Index of Myanmar Around Irrawaddy River and in Shan State

18.2N 96.0E

February 21st, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Myanmar - February 16th, 2010

Myanmar - February 16th, 2010

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of Myanmar near the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River. The valley around the river appears white to yellow in color, indicating a low index of photosynthetic activity.

The hillier and more mountainous areas around the valley appear green to red, indicating a good to high rate of activity, respectively. The land also appears mostly green further east in Shan State, which borders China to the north, Laos to the east, and Thailand to the south, covering almost a quarter of Myanmar’s total area. Most of Shan State is a hilly plateau; there are higher mountains in the north and south.

Vegetation Index of Myanmar and Northeast India

20.3N 95.3E

November 15th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Myanmar - November 5th, 2010

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). The index is highest (rusty red) near the coast on the left side of the image, around the border with northeast India.

The rest of the image shows good to high photosynthetic activity (green to rusty red), with a few areas of low activity (yellow), particularly to the north in the full image. Near the bottom, the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River can be seen releasing tan sediments into the Andaman Sea.