EXPLORERS have discovered the source of the Mekong
River, one of the world's last geological mysteries, it was announced April
A Franco-British expedition penetrated remote mountains in northwest
China to find the starting point of the 4,425-kilometer river which ranks 10th
longest in the world.
It pinpointed the source at the head of the Rup-sa
pass, the watershed between the Yangtse and Mekong river systems, almost 5,000
meters up and hundreds of kilometers from the nearest village.
leader Michel Peissel said in a statement that dozens of previous expeditions
had failed to locate the spot.
"There is no other record or claim of the
source having been reached by other foreigners," he said. A report on the
discovery will be published in April's edition of Geographic Magazine, linked to
Britain's Royal Geographic Society.