Rusty-Tan Colour Of The Mekong River
This photo, taken in Laos, is showing a fisherman on the Mekong River.
The Mekong River is one of the world’s major rivers. It is the 12th-longest river in the world, and 7th longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km, and it drains an area of 795,000 km2. From the Tibetan Plateau it runs through China's Yunnan province, Burma, Thailand, Loas, Cambodia and Vietnam.
The Mekong basin is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. More than 1200 species of fish have been identified and there could be possibly as many as 1700. Fishing is a very important part of the economic activities in the area and a vital source of protein in the local diet.
The water gets a rusty-tan colour from the soil, due to the bank erosion.