The Mekong: Biophysical Environment of an International by Ian Charles Campbell

By Ian Charles Campbell

The Mekong is the main debatable river in Southeast Asia, and more and more the point of interest of foreign recognition. It flows via 6 counties, China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam. The four downstream nations have shaped the Mekong River fee to advertise sustainable improvement of the river and lots of in their humans rely on it for his or her subsistence ? it has attainable the most important freshwater fishery on the earth, and the Mekong waters aid rice agriculture within the delta in Viet Nam (which produces approximately forty% of that country's meals) in addition to in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.China is now development the 1st huge mainstream dam at the river, and has proposals for numerous extra. those dams tend to impact the downstream international locations. numerous of the downstream nations even have plans for giant scale hydropower and irrigation improvement that can additionally influence the river.This e-book will offer an exceptional evaluation of the biophysical atmosphere of the Mekong including a dialogue of the prospective affects, biophysical, monetary and social, of a few attainable improvement situations. it really is meant to supply a technical foundation that can tell the turning out to be political and conservation debate concerning the way forward for the Mekong River, and people who rely on it. it truly is geared toward river ecologists, geographers, environmentalists and improvement experts either within the basin and (especially) open air for whom entry to this fabric is such a lot difficult.This booklet would be the first accomplished remedy of the Mekong approach Key gains* the 1st entire assessment of all points of the Mekong River system.* offers with a domestically serious environment and one lower than threat.* The Mekong helps the world's greatest freshwater fishery and offers water underpinning an incredible local rice paddy system.* offers the authoritative findings of the Mekong River Commission's learn for a much broader viewers for the 1st time outdoor of restricted distribution reviews

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The basin panhandle is a narrow valley in China, 40–50 km across, eroded into granitic and sedimentary rocks of Palaeozoic and Mesozoic age. The geology of this region has been summarized by Wang et al. (1998), Clift et al. (2006a), and Heppe et al. (2007). In northern Lao PDR granitic rocks, folded Palaeozoic sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, and Mesozoic sedimentary deposits outcrop. Westward the Mekong drainage basin extends over the Korat Upland (mainly in Thailand, also known as Korat Plateau), where Mesozoic terrestrial rocks rest on an ancient basement, and Quaternary alluvium is found in the valleys of the Mun and Chi Rivers.

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