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Inle Lake, Myanmar: Floating Gardens
One of the largest freshwater lakes in Myanmar is Inle Lake. Its surface area is almost 50 square miles and much of it is used for agriculture. Rather than using the lake predominantly for fishing, farmers have created floating garden agriculture, where small floating isles of dirt are staked to the bottom of the 7’ to 12’ deep lake and planted.
Floating gardens create much-needed crops; however, they encroach into the diminishing area of the lake, since over time, the floating beds become solid ground. Unfortunately, the environmental impacts associated with the floating gardens include eutrophication (depletion of oxygen in water) and pollution.