National Geographic : 1950 Oct
510 Twin Dugouts, Lightly Bridged, Ferry Cars Across an Arm of the Mekong at Luangprabang On the far bank grow areca palms, whose chewy fruit, the betel nut, blackens Southeast Asia's teeth. Sisophon, and Battambang-obtained from Thailand by French treaty in 1907. In 1941 a new boundary dispute was arbitrated by Japan and, with some modifica tions of boundary, the three provinces were awarded to Thailand. After World War II they were again returned to Cambodia. Outstanding geographical feature of Cam bodia is Tonle Sap, the "Sea of Sweet Water." It is a colossal reservoir linked by a long channel to the Mekong River at Pnompenh. During the rainy season part of the flood rushing down the Mekong pours through the channel into the lake. When the Mekong drops, the action is reversed and the lake begins discharging its pent-up waters. As I motored over the roads of Cambodia, the countryside seemed quiet. In a few places, however, we had to travel in a convoy of cars. It was a reminder that parts of this normally peaceful kingdom had been pene- trated by the men and the ideas of Viet Minh. Members of the National Geographic Society are able to follow fighting in Korea and news of other areas in the Far East by consulting recent issues of their NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, in which Korea, Japan, Formosa, and other regions are de scribed, mapped, and pictured. Timely articles of recent date follow: "Roaming Korea South of the Iron Curtain," by Enzo de Chetelat, June, 1950; "Japan Tries Free dom's Road," by Frederick G. Vosburgh, May, 1950; "Okinawa, Pacific Outpost," 20 ills., April, 1950; "Trawling the China Seas," 18 ills., March, 1950; "Formosa-Hot Spot of the East," by Frederick G. Vosburgh, February, 1950; "A Woman Paints the Tibetans," by Lafugie, May, 1949; "Power Comes Back to Peiping," by Nelson T. Johnson and W. Robert Moore, September, 1949; "With the U. S. Army in Korea." by Lt. Gen. John R. Hodge, June, 1947; and "Backwoods Japan During American Oc cupation," by M. A. Huberman, April, 1947. For earlier presentations giving backgrounds of many countries and areas now in the news, see "NA TIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Cumulative Index, 1899-1949."