Wow, that river is really high. Do those houses get flooded out each year?
Those houses float They move with the water level.
What happens when the water reverses -- doesn't it cause a surge up onto the land? Also, is this a hoped-for event, so that the silt will enrich croplands?
Yes. Have a look at the map.
The Tonle Sap River connects the Tonle Sap Lake with the Mekong River. When the Mekong gets swollen towards the end of the rainy season it presses water up the TS River into the TS Lake. It brings new water, silt and fish. You cannot actually see the river suddenly reverse of course...
The TS River is the connection between the red star and the lake.
Post by bixaorellana on Sept 29, 2009 18:39:23 GMT
That is fascinating, HW. That lake seems to be the heart of Cambodia. Coming as I do from a watery place, I'm always interested in how people work with or against the forces of nature -- annual flooding, etc. And floating houses! That makes perfect sense.
Casimira -- beautiful sunset. I love how the clouds made "rays" like in a child's picture of the setting sun.