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Plain of Jars, Truong Son, mountain chain, Mekong River, tributaries

Topographically Laos has three distinct features. The first is the steep, heavily forested mountains that lie principally in the north but extend southeast as the Truong Son (Annam Highlands). The spine of this mountain chain forms the border between Laos and Vietnam. Elevations in the north reach 2,819 m (9,249 ft) at Phou Bia (Phu Bia), the countryís highest peak. In the south, heights reach about 1,980 m (about 6,500 ft), and the limestone terraces mounting to the east are more sparsely forested. Laosís second distinctive topographic feature is the narrow but fertile floodplains of the Mekong River, which traverses Laosís entire north-south length, and its tributaries. These plains are very narrow in the north but are wider farther south. Finally, three high plateaus are strategically situated through the country: the Plain of Jars in the north, the Khammouan Plateau in the center, and the Bolovens Plateau in the south.

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Plain of Jars, Truong Son, mountain chain, Mekong River, tributaries, steep, Elevations, spine, Vietnam, heights, border, east, center


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