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Mekong River Journey: One Family’s Epic Adventure

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Mekong River Journey: One Family’s Epic Adventure

By Katherine Sather/ The Nature Conservancy

It’s known as the “Mother of Water.”

As the 12th longest river in the world, the mighty Mekong River indeed nourishes many. It supports the largest freshwater fish harvest in the world, providing the primary source of protein to more than 50 million people as it runs its course through six countries, including Laos, China, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

The river’s creatures sound like the stuff of fantasy novels freshwater dolphins, giant stingrays (as big as your living room!) and 400-pound catfish. But they’re real, and they face an uncertain future.

Nature Conservancy scientist Jeff Opperman and his family recently embarked on a 1,500-mile journey along this incredible river. With Jeff are his wife and two children, including 10-year-old Luca and 8-year-old Wren.

“We want the kids to experience a place where people are directly connected to the river, in terms of their livelihood and culture,” says Jeff.

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4:22PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Thank you for the worrisome news. Why can't people see the flaws in their plans. I'm not a scientist, but I can understand that dams are terribly destructive. Why not create wind farms and use solar energy.

1:20PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

thanks for sharing

8:38AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:18PM PST on Jan 13, 2013

2 lucky kids to experience this! want to adopt me! or hire me? lol

2:58PM PST on Jan 12, 2013

What an incredible opportunity for their's somewhere I would love to visit.

9:58AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

I'm looking forward to the book.

7:36PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Cool :)

12:45PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

I thank Jeff Opperman for trying to make the world a better place. Also showing his family how the majority of the world lives. Live simple so others may simply Live!

9:43PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Sounds like an incredible journey...thanks.

8:35PM PST on Jan 10, 2013


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