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Mekong River Quiz

Pop quiz!

Conservancy scientist Jeff Opperman is taking his family on a 1,500-mile journey down the Mekong River, a critical body of water that feeds thousands of people and supports an amazing array of life. Test your knowledge about the Mekong here, and then read dispatches from Jeff's trip at Nature.org/MekongJourney.

  1. As the 12th longest river in the world, how many countries does the Mekong River flow through?

    1

    1 | Incorrect

    3

    3 | Incorrect

    6

    6 | Correct

    10

    10 | Incorrect

  2. Which of these Mekong River creatures is fake?

    Giant catfish that can weigh up to 600 pounds

    Giant catfish that can weigh up to 600 pounds | Incorrect

    Freshwater dolphins that look like beluga whales

    Freshwater dolphins that look like beluga whales | Incorrect

    Carnivorous stingrays that can cover a king-sized bed

    Carnivorous stingrays that can cover a king-sized bed | Incorrect

    None of the above

    None of the above | Correct

  3. Some experts believe the giant stingray, which lives in the Mekong, is the largest freshwater species on Earth. This species can reach lengths of more than:

    5 feet

    5 feet | Incorrect

    8 feet

    8 feet | Incorrect

    16 feet

    16 feet | Correct

    35 feet

    35 feet | Incorrect

  4. True or False: The Mekong carries so much water during flood season that one of its major tributaries is pushed backwards, flowing upstream for several months.

    True

    True | Correct

    False

    False | Incorrect

    | Incorrect

    | Incorrect

  5. True or false: Only the Amazon has more fish species than the Mekong River Basin.

    True

    True | Correct

    False

    False | Incorrect

    | Incorrect

    | Incorrect

  6. The Mekong River Basin faces threats from:

    Dams

    Dams | Incorrect

    Pollution

    Pollution | Incorrect

    Over-fishing

    Over-fishing | Incorrect

    All of the Above

    All of the Above | Correct

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