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Soil from space: Birma/Myanmar / Watching the world / Our actions
In this Envisat picture you can see Burma/Myanmar (officially the Union of Myanmar). Burma is the biggest nation on the southeastern Asian continent with a surface area of 678,500 square kilometers. Myanmar is bounded by the Andaman Sea (visible in the lower right corner), the Bay of Bengal (visible links to the land mass), China to the N ortheast, Thailand to the S. E., Bangladesh to the W., India to the N. W. and Laos to the E.
It is about the largest of France and Belgium together and has an unbroken 1930 km coast and many mountains, namely the Rakhine Yoma, the Bago Yoma and the Shan Plateau, all of which run from the Himalayas from the north to the east. Burma's three rivers comprise the Ayeyarwady, Thanlwin, which springs in Tibet, and the Sittang.
The Ayeyarwady and Irrawaddy Rivers (2170 km long) are the biggest rivers in the state. It divides the land from northern (seen in the upper center of the picture as bright green) to southern (where it looks white). That Irrawaddy owes its name to the creek.
Yangon (also known as Rangoon), the country's biggest town, is located in the southern part of the island and is home to the country's biggest vertical pit stop, the Shwedagon. The picture was taken on 14 January 2008 by Envisat's Medium Resolutions Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS), which operates in full resolving modus and provides a 300 metre geographic range.
Myanmar - Land Cover Analysis, 2015 - Myanmar
The following chart shows a landfall mapping over the province of Rakhine, Myanmar, obtained from Landsat-5 multi-spectral images taken between 30 January and 24 February 2015 at a 30 metre pixelsolution. There are 5 major classifications: In the attached chart, the overall area for each category and the percentages of the individual categories in relation to the overall area of the province of Rakhine (approx. 33,690 sq km) are summarised.
We will compare this with other UNOSAT studies with images from 1988 and 2000.