Thursday, October 8, 2015

Geography and Climate of Vietnam: Nick Reed

The climate in Vietnam is often characterized by a humid, tropical forest type of environment. In actuality, the climate is separated in to three different regions; North Vietnam, Central Vietnam, and South Vietnam. Each have their own respective climates and geography, but are relatively similar.

North Vietnam is characterized as subtropical climate and is much more temperate and similar in weather to states such as Louisiana. It also has a definite summer and winter seasons. Central Vietnam is nearly the same as Northern Vietnam in climate, but is subject to an abundance of vegetation and swamps that are hard to navigate. Southern Vietnam is known for it's tropical climate and white sand beaches, but also consists of a majority of rice patty fields that exist all throughout Vietnam. Because of the consistency of climate, Central and Southern Vietnam consists of two seasons; wet and dry.

Aside from vegetation and tropical climate, Vietnam, and the surrounding countries, experience a season that most of the world does not; monsoon season. Monsoon season in Vietnam consists of heavy rain fall and is where the nation obtains half its annual rainfall in only two months. Monsoon season roughly lasts from Mid-September to early-January and can last to as long as into February. During the war, monsoon season affected the soldiers and often washed away camps as well as making it difficult for soldiers and platoons to route attack plans. During the season, it was also almost impossible to use air units for strategic advantage.

Slope altitude map of Vietnam


1 comment:

  1. Its interesting how the weather and geography could also played a role in war tactics. During monsoon season they were extremely limited with what they could do. I wonder how often either side used the weather and climate to their advantage


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