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Source of the Mekong discovered

Source of the Mekong discovered

Reuters, Paris

EXPLORERS have discovered the source of the Mekong

River, one of the world's last geological mysteries, it was announced April

11.

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.

Expedition

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.

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