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The Khone Falls is a waterfall on the Mekong River in Laos in the Ban Hang Khone province near its border with Cambodia. The Khone Falls are the main reason that the Mekong is not navigable into China. View of the Mekong before the sunset The Mekong is one of the worlds major rivers. ...


The falls' total height is 70 feet (21 meters) in segmented cascades (or rapids) stretching over six miles (9.7 kilometers) of the river's length. The average discharge of the cataract is nearly 3 million gallons per second (11,610 cubic meters per second), though the highest volume on record was reached at over 13 million gallons per second (49,500 cubic meters per second). A rapid is a section of a river where it loses elevation over a relatively short distance (that is, the stream gradient is locally steepened), causing an increase in water flow and (usually) turbulence. ...


The falls are home to the plabuck, an endangered species of catfish said to be the largest freshwater fish in the world. The plabuck is alleged to reach lengths of 10 feet (3 meters) and weights of up to 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms). Families Akysidae Amblycipitidae Amphiliidae Ariidae Aspredinidae Astroblepidae Auchenipteridae Bagridae Callichthyidae Cetopsidae Chacidae Clariidae Claroteidae Cranoglanididae Diplomystidae Doradidae Hypophthalmidae Ictaluridae Loricariidae Malapteruridae Mochokidae Nematogenyidae Pangasiidae Parakysidae Pimelodidae Plotosidae Schilbeidae Scoloplacidae Siluridae Sisoridae Trichomycteridae Catfish (order Siluriformes) are a diverse group of fish. ...


References

"Khone Falls (http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9045333)." Encyclopædia Britannica. Accessed on March 4, 2005. March 4 is the 63rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (64th in leap years). ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


"Mekong (http://www.answers.com/topic/mekong)." Answers.com Encyclopedia. Accessed on March 4, 2005. March 4 is the 63rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (64th in leap years). ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


"Khone Falls (http://www.mekongsources.com/KhoneFalls.asp)." Mekong Sources. Accessed on February 13, 2005. February 13 is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


External links

  • Mekong Express Laos Photo Album: Khone Falls (http://www.mekongexpress.com/laos/photoalbum/khonefalls_photo.htm)
  • Visit Laos: Champassak Province (http://www.visit-laos.com/where/champassak/outandabout.htm)
  • Mekong River Commission Fisheries Programme (http://www.mrcmekong.org/programmes/fishery/migration26.htm)

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