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The Irrawaddy Delta in Myanmar

09-27-2017


The Irrawaddy Delta in Myanmar Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency’s Earth from Space series and features a look at the Irrawaddy Delta in Myanmar.

The Irrawaddy measures over 2,200 kilometers in length, making it Myanmar’s largest river. Once it splinters into the delta, it empties out into the Andaman Sea. The brown swirls within the water are sediments that get deposited in the delta, making the area very fertile.

Also you can find that Prawn fishery and harvesting sea turtle eggs are also major commercial activities both of which are now threatened by the loss of mangrove forests as clearing of land proceeds for agriculture. The delta region is highly populated, and has a major and dominant role in the cultivation of rice in rich alluvial soil as low as just 3 metres (9.8 ft) above sea level, although it also includes fishing communities in a vast area full of rivers and streams. 

 The weather is typically cool and dry from mid-October to mid-February when temperatures begin to rise with the start of monsoon season in April and early May. Therefore the weather can stay and be humid for most summer.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

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