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18/12/2009

Fishing on the Mekong River, Laos


This photo was taken from the bank of the Mekong River in Luang Prabang, Laos.
The Mekong River is one of the world’s major rivers. It is the world's 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia (discharging 475 km3/114 cu mi of water annually). Its estimated length is 4,350 km, and it drains an area of 795,000 km2.
From the Tibetan Plateau this river runs through China's Yunnan province, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
The Mekong basin is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. Only the Amazon boasts a higher level of biodiversity. Although the Amazon has higher biodiversity, the Mekong river has more biodiversity per unit area. 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. Estimates indicate that some 120 fish species are commercially traded but most of the fishery is based on 10–20 species.

2 comments:

Peter said...

Pretty impressive when displayed large ! Very nice

Tanya said...

Verry,verry nice....