Geography Rivers The Mekong River

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How many countries share the Mekong?
6
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What is the largest city along the river?
Phnom Penh
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How many inhabitants does Phnom Penh have?
1.1 million
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Why is transport development limited along the Mekong?
The river isn't navigable much beyond Phnom Penh.
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What obstacles are formed in dry season in the river?
(when the river is low) shifting sandbars and reefs, the many rapids of Si Phan Don or 'Four Thousand Islands' form an obstacle to shipping
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Which countries two governments have been keen to develop their national economies?
China & Vietnam
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A perk for economic development, where is the Mekong located?
in the fast emerging Pacific rim
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Where was the first dam on the river and when was it completed?
Man Wan, 1993
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What is growing even faster than population in the area?
Economic growth
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How many people is the Mekong river basin home to?
55 million
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how many people died from flooding in 2000?
over 800
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Where is the region receiving funding from to help conserve the natural environment and implement sustainable development strategies?
the Asian Development bank
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What 6 countries border the river basin?
Cambodia, Laos, China, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand
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Which of these locations has had the highest population growth?
Laos
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Which of these locations has had the highest economic growth?
China
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Only how much of the Lower Mekong basin's hydroelectric power potential has been developed?
5%
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Why is the hydroelectric power potential so high for the Mekong?
Steep relief, & large volumes of water are transported by the rivers & its tributaries, which are mostly untapped.
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What does 80% of the rice production in the lower Mekong depend on?
Water, silt & nutrients provided by the floods
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What is a major problem that the dams would cause?
Less frequent floods=Adversely affecting farming and fishing
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How much fish is yielded annually?
2 million tonnes
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How many people rely solely on fishing to make a living in Cambodia?
1 million
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In Laos, what percentage of rural households supplement their income by fishing?
70%
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How much does the habitat for fish increase by during monsoon season?
10 times
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How does the size of the flood affect the fish?
greater the flood=more food=fatter, bigger fish & more numerous
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Development of the Mekong also has negative effects on what other industry?
Farming
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