19 Dec '12, 1pm

Green Blog: Exploring the Mekong's Uncertain Future: Traveling with his family, a scientist will explore the tug...

Justin Mott for The International Herald Tribune Fishing along the Mekong River in the Laotian village of Ban Huoay, which is near the construction site for a new dam. Fishermen there fear for their livelihoods. Picture a river that has catfish the size of bears. With a giant freshwater stingray that could blanket a king-size bed and weighs as much as a buffalo. Imagine a river that carries so much water during the annual flood that one of its major tributaries would hit this wall of water, stop, and then be pushed backwards, flowing upstream for several months each year into an enormous rainy-season lake that becomes such a factory of fish production that an entire country depends on it for their protein. When the great river’s flow finally ebbs, the people hold a celebration for what the flood had left behind: tons of fish and fresh sediment and nutrients for their rice ...

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