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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.

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