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From 1975 to 1978, Cambodia was ruled by the Khmer Rouge regime, which sought among other things to build a vast system of irrigation canals. These images show an area around Cambodia's capital city of Phnom Penh where such waterworks were built. Many areas east of the Mekong River show a gridwork of canals by 1985.

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Jan. 3, 1973, Landsat 1 (path/row 135/52) — Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Jan. 7, 1989, Landsat 5 (path/row 126/52) — Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Jan. 8, 1995, Landsat 5 (path/row 126/52) — Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Jan. 14, 2009, Landsat 5 (path/row 126/52) — Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Jan. 13, 2020, Landsat 8 (path/row 126/52) — Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Jan. 13, 2020, Landsat 8 (path/row 126/52) — Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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References (Earthshot Overview/Parent Only)

Demographia, 2019, Demographia World Urban Areas--Built-Up Urban Areas or World Agglomerations (15th ed.): Belleville, Ill., Demographia, 123 p., accessed July 23, 2019, at http://demographia.com/db-worldua.pdf.

The Economist, 1992, Cambodia—not a grain of truth: v. 322, no. 7741, p. 34.

Fuller, T., 2008, Cambodia revives Pol Pot's deadly canals: New York Times, December 4, 2008, available at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/04/world/asia/04iht-canal.4.18410736.htm…. (Accessed September 19, 2012.)

Jackson, K.D., ed., 1989, Cambodia, 1975–1978—rendezvous with death: Princeton, N.J., Princeton University Press, 360 p.

O'Neill, T., 1993, The Mekong River: National Geographic, v. 183, no. 2, p. 10.

Ross, R.R., ed., 1990, Cambodia—a country study: Washington, D.C., Headquarters, Dept. of the Army, 395 p.

Sattaur, O., 1992, Raising rice in Cambodia's ruins: New Scientist, v. 134, no. 1824, p. 36.

Vickery, M., 2000, Cambodia—1975–1982: Chiang Mai, Thailand, Silkworm Books, 432 p.

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