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Perfume River, low-lying land, Vinh, Mekong Delta, Mekong River

Vietnamís two major rivers are the Red River in the north and the Mekong River in the south, both of which are navigable for their entire lengths within Vietnam. The Red River flows almost directly southeast from southern China into Vietnamís northwestern highlands. The Mekong follows an irregular path across Southeast Asia to its mouth at the South China Sea. Farming in much of the Mekong Delta was once impossible because salt water from the South China Sea would periodically cover the low-lying land. To combat this problem, the French installed dikes during the 20th century. Today, an intricate system of dikes and canals helps prevent flooding of the Mekong and Red River deltas. Among Vietnamís noteworthy smaller rivers are the Huong River (Perfume River) at Hue and the Ka Long O River near Vinh.

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Perfume River, low-lying land, Vinh, Mekong Delta, Mekong River, southern China, South China Sea, major rivers, Hue, canals, salt water, flooding, Farming, Southeast Asia, century, mouth, problem


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