Troubling the Water

Troubling the Water : A Dying Lake and a Vanishing World in Cambodia

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4.13 (15 ratings by Goodreads)

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In this intimate account of one of the world's most productive inland fisheries, Troubling the Water explores how the rapid destruction of a single lake in Cambodia is upending the lives of millions. The abundance of Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake helped grow the country for millenia and gave rise to the Kingdom of Angkor. Fed by the rich, mud-colored waters of the powerful Mekong River, the lake owes its vast bounty to an ecological miracle that has captivated poets, artisans, and explorers throughout history. But today, the lake is dying. Hydropower dams hold back billions of gallons of water and disrupt critical fish migration paths. On the lake, illegal fishing abetted by corruption is now unstoppable. A fast-changing climate, meanwhile, has seen a string of devastating droughts.

Troubling the Water follows ordinary Cambodians coping with the rapid erasure of a long-held way of life. Drawing on years of reporting in Cambodia, Abby Seiff traces the changes on the Tonle Sap - weaving together vivid stories of those most affected with sharp insight into the one of the most threatened lakes in the world. For the millions who depend on it, the stakes couldn't be higher.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 152 x 225 x 9.4mm | 244.94g
  • Lincoln, United States
  • English
  • 1640124764
  • 9781640124769
  • 542,015

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"Abby Seiff has courageously covered Cambodia's troubling trajectory in the twenty-first century. This book is her testament to the life and death of the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, one of the most productive inland fisheries in the world, a people and way of life quickly disappearing."--Sophal Ear, author Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy
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About Abby Seiff

Abby Seiff is an American journalist with a decade of experience reporting and editing in Asia. Her writing and photography have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, the Mekong Review, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, Pacific Standard, the Economist, and many more publications. She is regularly called upon to speak as a Cambodia expert on panels, radio programs, and to news media.
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