The Mekong River: Morphology, evolution, and management

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Large Rivers: Geomorphology and Management


The Mekong is an unusual river due to its morphology and behaviour. A study of the Mekong River and its basin should explore its source-to-the sea physical characteristics, examine the different expectation of a number of stakeholders, and discuss the potential of adapting suitable management techniques which, as described by the MRC, are politically correct, socially just, and environmentally sound. The Mekong is called Dza Chu (River of Rocks) in Tibet and Lancang Jiang (Turbulent River) in Yunnan, both names aptly describing the physical condition of the river. Sediment stored in the channel and the valleyflat of the Mekong tends to move downstream during high flows. The basin of the Mekong is primarily rural, and until recently, the river used to be little utilized for navigation, irrigation, or power generation. Mekong River, morphology, physical characteristics, management techniques, physical condition, power generation.

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