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The people of Inle Lake (called Intha), some 70,000 of them, live in four cities bordering the lake, in numerous small villages along the lake's shores, and on the lake itself. The entire lake area is in Nyaung Shwe township. The population live in simple houses of wood and woven bamboo on stilts; and are largely self-sufficient farmers.

Fish caught from the lake are a staple of the local diet. In addition to fishing, locals grow vegetables and fruit in large gardens that float on the surface of the lake. The floating garden beds are formed by extensive manual labor. The farmers gather up lake-bottom weeds from the deeper parts of the lake, bring them back in boats and make them into floating beds in their garden areas, anchored by bamboo poles. These gardens rise and fall with changes in the water level, and so are resistant to flooding. The constant availability of nutrient-laden water results in these gardens being incredibly fertile. Rice cultivation is also significant.

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  • Copyright: May Mah (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 376 W: 23 N: 1119] (7204)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2011-10-28
  • Categories: Vida Diária
  • Exposição: f/5.6, 1/500 segundos
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  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2011-11-06 2:42
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