TOPIC: The Mekong River and Baisin Issues: Hydroelectric
TOPIC: The Mekong River and Baisin
describing questions(What and Where)
Where is the mekong?
The Mekong river is located in Southeast Asia, and runs through many different countries before flowing out to sea. It runs through China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Burma.
How big is the basin(Area of basin)?
What countries does it include
What are dams?
a barrier constructed to hold back water and raise its level, forming a reservoir used to generate electricity or as a water supply.
Where are existing dams on the Mekong?
There are two main dams in China that are based on the Mekong: the Manwan and Dachaoshan.
What is river regulation?
a regulated river is one where downstream flows are regulated by a major storage or dam to supply irrigation water.
What is river hydroelectricity?
What is the background of Mekong Countries(type of government, economy and development indicators)?
What is the cost of building a hydroelectric dam?
Explaining questions(How and Why)
Why is the mekong valuable?(4S's)
How do dams and hydroelectricity work?
Dams trap water and store it in a reservoir, which is eventually released. When released, the flowing water spins a turbine which powers a generator connected to power lines that create electricity. The flowing water then flows into the river.
Why do countries use hydroelectricity and dams?
why is the hydroelectric dam important to china
Impact questions( what impacts and whom)
What positive consequences does hydro bring?
How have the dams help China and its economy?
How has damming benefited life in china?(economy and general life)
How has building dams up stream in China affected the fauna and flora further downstream
How have the dams helped trade along the mekong river?
What are alternatives to hydroelectricity?
Could they build tidal plans, hydrokinetic turbines that don't require dams, or other types of micro and pico hydroelectric plants which run without dams instead of building a dam?