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The Mekong (In Vietnamese MÍ Kong and in Chinese Meigōng Hey 湄公河) is a river in Southeast Asia. The river is 4909 km long (some sources give a short length of 4350 km) and is considered one of the major rivers in Asia. The river runs successively through the countries China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

The Mekong rises in the Tanglagebergte in China and ends with a delta (Mekong delta) into the South China Sea. The river has fluctuating water levels. The Tonle Sap Lake, which the Mekong by the Tonle Sap river is connected, has an important regulatory function.

In the river lives the largest catfish species in the world who are threatened with extinction, and where in parts of Thailand despite a ban on fishing.

In the upper and middle reaches, the river is partly navigable in the lower reaches, the river is navigable to Luang Prabang in Laos. The Khone Falls are important for energy production, the delta is very fertile for rice cultivation.

The Chinese part is called Lancang Jiang 澜沧江 and is one of the rivers of the "Three Parallel Rivers Protected area in Yunnan", a nature that is included into the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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  • Updated Feb 19, 2012
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