Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia.

Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. Stock Photo

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Paolo Patrizi / Alamy Stock Photo

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4896 x 3264 px | 41.5 x 27.6 cm | 16.3 x 10.9 inches | 300dpi

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27 November 2016


Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia.

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Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia.Every year, the lake yields about 300,000 tons of fish, making it one of the world’s most productive freshwater ecosystems. That and the floods that pulse through it in monsoon season, swelling it to as much as five times its dry-season size, have earned the lake the nickname “Cambodia’s beating heart.”But the Tonle Sap is in trouble — from overfishing to feed a fast-growing population, from the cutting of mangrove forests that shelter young fish, from hydroelectric dams upstream, and from the dry seasons that are expected to grow hotter and longer with climate change. Climate models forecast longer, hotter dry seasons for Southeast Asia, and more intense monsoon floods. Both changes could disrupt the migration and spawning patterns of Tonle Sap fish.

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