Myanmar’s Inle Lake is one of the largest lakes in the country, but in the last 20 years, satellite images have been revealing what looks like a smaller surface area. The lake, however, is still there — it’s just hidden beneath a sprawling, floating tomato farm.
Salman Rushdie talks about these in Kashmir in Haroun and the Sea of Stories. I had no idea they were still a major agricultural practice. I seem to remember something similar in Lake Titicaca in Bolivia as well – but again, not as a major commercial player.