Why is the Mekong River Blue?
The MRC attributed the aquamarine color of the river in north-eastern Thailand, a phenomenon last observed in late 2019, to a drop in sediment and increased presence of algae on the riverbed.
Can you swim in the Mekong River?
Despite concerns about competiting in the Mekong’s murky waters, organizers were keen to point out that while there is always a slight risk associated with swimming in rivers, the cloudy waters of the Mekong are a result of fine sediment floating in the water, rather than high levels of pollution.
What is causing environmental issues along the Mekong River?
Population growth, poor land-use planning and economic policies that encourage the unsustainable use of natural resources are among the factors increasing deforestation and biodiversity loss across the Greater Mekong region.
When did the Mekong River turn blue?
4, 2019. Water levels in the Mekong River are down to “worrying” levels with some parts of the major Southeast Asian waterway in Laos and Thailand turning blue because of increased algae growth, the Mekong River Commission said in a report Friday.
What Colour is the Mekong River?
The Mekong usually has a yellowish-brown color that results from the sediment it normally carries. But recent reports say it has been running clear, taking on a bluish-green color like that of the sky.