20 Rivers I-9 - . The Tonle Sap river is a tributary to the...

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The Mekong and Tonle Sap Floodplain Productivity:
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The least modified major river in the world Mekong Characterized by seasonal pulses of monsoon water 17,139 ft Gradient: 5.7 ft/mile China, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam 12 th longest
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Mekong River Lifeblood of S.E. Asia. 80% of Cambodia’s population is involved in fishing and processing of Mekong harvest. 60 million people in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam subsist on the river and its wetlands which yield approximately 2 million tons of fish per year: equal to 2% of the entire would catch of wild fish. The biological hearts of the river’s productivity are the Tonle Sap river and Tonle Sap Lake
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Unformatted text preview: . The Tonle Sap river is a tributary to the Mekong Tonle Sap Tonle Sap Mekong The Tonle Sap lake is the source of the river Reversing its Flow Monsoon rains from June to September Mekong forces the tributary to flow backward into Tonle Sap Lake Absorbs 1/5 of the Mekong’s flood waters Dry season from November to May 1000 species of fish Juvenile fry are swept into the flooded forests of the Tonle Sap floodplain and feed on floating vegetation 60% of the Cambodians' protein intake Trey Riel Nets surround the entire lake And river floodplain harvest the fish. 2700 to 16,000 km 2 6 X its normal area...
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course SWS 2007 taught by Professor bonczek during the Fall '09 term at University of Florida.

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20 Rivers I-9 - . The Tonle Sap river is a tributary to the...

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