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5 Themes of Geography of Cambodia
Transcript of 5 Themes of Geography of Cambodia
How big is it? Where is it?
Cambodia's physical features include lots of green vegetation and many rivers. It has a big lake in the middle of the country which ensures the irrigation of all vegetation. The country also has a long plain on most of its territory
People of Cambodia are very closely tied to their land. More than three-fourths of the workforce is employed in agriculture. Rice is the main crop, but some export crops are pepper, cassava, corn, rubber, sugarcane, and soybeans. Fruit is also an important subsistence crop. This includes: banana, durian, grapefruit, mango, orange, breadfruit, and papaya. Livestock includes water buffaloes, cattle, and pigs. Most of Cambodia's fish comes from the Tonle Sap Lake. Mining of gemstones (rubies and sapphires) is an industry located along the Thai-Cambodia border. Illegal logging is still a problem as well as sex trafficking, and charcoal kilns dot the countryside near Sihanoukville.
Cambodia is located only 11.5 degrees above the Equator, so it is a tropical country. The climate is warm and rainy with monsoon rains coming twice a year. From November to April, days are sunny and dry, but from May to October, it rains almost every day. On the coast, during these monsoon seasons, Cambodia receives up to 200 inches of rain a year. Inland, rainfall amounts to about 55 inches. Temperatures range from 80-100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Physical characteristics ;
Cambodia, a country about the size of Missouri (69,898 square miles, or 181,036 square kilometers), is located in Southeast Asia, on the Indochinese peninsula. It is bordered on the north west by Thailand, on the Indochinese peninsula. It is southeast by Vietnam. To the southwest is the gulf of Thailand.
One of the largest religious monuments is found in Cambodia called, Angkor Wat. It took about 47 years with people stacking stones by hand.
Cambodians are very proud of their heritage - Angkor Wat is the national symbol of the country. Early art in these temples glorified Hindu gods, such as Hanuman (monkey god), Vishnu (creator god), and Shiva (god of war).
5th period- By: Sierra Carpitcher, Karey Soeun,Paradise Viena
April 13-16 is Khmer New Year, during those few days people go to their local temples and pray for better health, they'll usually host a festival and everyone gets together and have fun dancing the romvong or watch and see group of girl dancing the traditional dance of Cambodia. Each traditional dance is unique in it's own way. It symbolize a folk tale.
A dance usually preformed during khmer new year.
Fishermen along the Tonle Sap River
A group of ladies picking rice out the rice fields
Because of being one of the poorest countries means not a lot of people have jobs, so some goes in the garbage waste looking for food.
Illegal logging activities throughout the country and strip mining for gems in the western region along the border with Thailand have resulted in habitat loss and declining biodiversity (in particular, destruction of mangrove swamps threatens natural fisheries); soil erosion; in rural areas, most of the population does not have access to potable water; declining fish stocks because of illegal fishing and overfishing
People mining for gems
Cambodians are proud to have become members of ASEAN, (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), which should accord them increased trade with their neighbors. Infrastructure is not yet conducive to moving goods around the country, because roads in some areas are impassable during monsoon season.
On their evryday lves they travel on feet or people on bikes like taxi but istead of a car it's on a bike.
A monk walking.
People on a bike.
In Cambodia's northeast corner is its most primitive and remote province, Rattanakiri, one of four provinces home to several hilltribes. These groups are not ethnic Khmer as are most Cambodians, and they occupy a mountainous and isolated area of rainforest. They are mostly subsistence farmers and rubber plantation workers. People also raise tobacco. This is an area of poverty and high infant mortality.
The south coast is an area of mangroves and palm studded sandy beaches. Cambodia's only port, Sihanoukville, is located there. Islands in the area are beautiful and accessible by boat and most people fish or work at the port. Tourists stay in small hotels along the beach. Ream National Park protects the mangrove ecosystem from extinction, and tourists can explore this resource using local guides.
The Tonle Sap (Great Lake) is a huge lake in central Cambodia. It swells from 3000 square kilometers in the dry season to over 7500 square kilometers during the monsoons, due to a rise in the level of the Mekong River which flows into it. Soil is extremely fertile along its banks, and the vast majority of Cambodians live here. In addition to ethnic Khmers, backgrounds of farmers and fisher people here range from Vietnamese, who fish, to Chinese, who are successful farmers.
Phnom Penh is the largest and most developed city in Cambodia. This once beautiful capitol city is in the process of rebuilding. Architecture is a mix of Khmer and French, with several markets in the middle of town. People play soccer and volleyball, and fly kites on the plaza. Two large rivers converge here, the Tonle Sap and the Mekong. There are modern hotels, largely owned by foreign companies; one of these hosts a large gambling facility. Like many big cities in Asia, prostitution and poverty are problems. As the government becomes more stable, agencies will be able to address solutions to these situations.
Buildings in Phnom Penh
Some homes are actually on the lake!
What I would call the Cambodians Native people.
A peaceful waterfall found in Rattanakiri
In conclusin, Cambodia is a beautiful country with a dark past. Day by day they're healing from the scared memory of the pol pot regime. And that they're still working to find their better days.