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Mekong River Delta from space, February 1996
Mekong River Delta from space, February 1996
Mekong Delta, February 2005. © www.thebigadventure.org.uk
Mekong Delta, February 2005. © www.thebigadventure.org.uk

The Mekong Delta is the region in Southeast Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of tributaries. The Mekong delta region encompasses a large portion of southeastern Vietnam of 39,000 km² [1]. The area covered by water depends on the season. Download high resolution version (639x639, 109 KB)Mekong River Delta, Vietnam - February 1996 image description here File links The following pages link to this file: Mekong Mekong Delta Categories: NASA images ... Download high resolution version (639x639, 109 KB)Mekong River Delta, Vietnam - February 1996 image description here File links The following pages link to this file: Mekong Mekong Delta Categories: NASA images ... Image File history File links Mekong_delta_Canal_big. ... Image File history File links Mekong_delta_Canal_big. ... View of the Mekong before the sunset The Mekong is one of the worlds major rivers. ... A tributary (or affluent or confluent) is a contributory stream, a river that does not reach the sea, but joins another major river (a parent river), to which it contributes its waters, swelling its discharge. ...


During the Vietnam War, the Delta region saw fighting between Viet Cong guerrillas and units of the United States Navy operating in small river boats. Combatants Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) United States of America South Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand the Philippines Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) Strength ~1,200,000 (1968) ~420,000 (1968) Casualties South Vietnamese dead: 1,250,000+ US dead: 58,226 US wounded... A Viet Cong soldier, heavily guarded, awaits interrogation following capture in the attacks on Saigon during the festive Tet holiday period of 1968. ... Guerrilla War redirects here. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ...


The area is home to large numbers of rice cultivation fields and the surrounding farmlands are extremely fertile.


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Mekong Summary (2921 words)
With a 790,000-square-kilometer catchment area, the Mekong is reputedly the world's second richest in terms of biota, carrying 475 billion cubic meters of runoff and 250 million tons of sediment each year during the monsoon season from Yunnan Province to the Mekong Delta or Cuu Long (Nine Dragons).
Likewise, the residents of the lower delta have learned to tolerate the floods and appreciate the many benefits associated with the floods: the nutrient-rich sediment and the water for their paddies, and the feeding and spawning ground for their fish in the seasonally flooded forests.
The very flat Mekong Delta area in Vietnam is thus prone to flooding, especially in the provinces of An Giang and Dong Thap (Đồng Tháp), near the Cambodian border.
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