Isthmus of Kra


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Kra, Isthmus of

(krä), narrow neck of the Malay Peninsula, c.40 mi (60 km) wide, SW Thailand, between the Bay of Bengal and the Gulf of Thailand. It has long been the proposed site of a ship canal that would bypass the congested Straits of Malacca.
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Kra, Isthmus of

 

an isthmus in Southeast Asia, in southern Thailand, connecting the Malay Peninsula to the mainland. Width, 40–75 km. The terrain consists of hills and low mountains (maximum altitude, 500 m) covered with tropical rain forests. Construction of a canal through the isthmus might shorten the route from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean by about 1,500 km.

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Beijing is studying alternative routes to avoid or bypass the Strait, including ordering shipments farther east, building a pipeline from Burma to Yunnan, or even building a pipeline and/or canal across the Isthmus of Kra in southern Thailand.