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Land and Resources, Natural Resources

petroleum deposits, Tonle Sap, foreign entrepreneurs, Gulf of Thailand, sapphires

Of Cambodia’s total land area, only 21 percent is cultivated. Areas surrounding the Mekong and the Tonle Sap are the most fertile regions. The country's once-ample timber resources have been poorly managed and are being rapidly depleted by local and foreign entrepreneurs. Although Cambodia is not rich in mineral resources, Batdambang province in northwestern Cambodia contains limited quantities of zircons, sapphires, and rubies. The central part of the country contains commercial deposits of salt, manganese, and phosphate. The Gulf of Thailand is thought to contain petroleum deposits, but the extent and accessibility of the reserves have yet to be determined.



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petroleum deposits, Tonle Sap, foreign entrepreneurs, Gulf of Thailand, sapphires, Mekong, rubies, mineral resources, manganese, country's, reserves, phosphate, percent, extent, Areas, accessibility

 
 

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