from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A river of southeast Asia rising in eastern Xizang (Tibet) and flowing about 2,816 km (1,750 mi) east then south through Myanmar (Burma) into the Gulf of Martaban.


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  • The construction of dams and reservoirs on the UNESCO-protected Nu River -- also known as the Salween -- was first proposed in 2004, but disputes among China's leadership and opposition from both Chinese and southeast Asian environmental groups has delayed the projects.

    Reuters: Top News

  • The announcement comes on the heels of a reported decision by Beijing in late May to halt work on another controversial dam planned on the Nu river - also called the Salween by downstream countries.

    IPS Inter Press Service

  • The new species is isolated from related ones by the Mekong and Salween rivers.

    New to Nature No 61: Rhinopithecus strykeri

  • The Mekong, the Yangtze, in Burma the Salween, in India the Ganges, the Sutlej and the Brahmaputra, in Pakistan the Indus--all these great rivers are at risk because the glaciers that feed them are receding.

    Rebecca Novick: Global Warming: The Un-tellable Story

  • Meanwhile, there are more than enough energy projects in Burma that have potentially disastrous community and environmental and human rights impacts: the hydro dams on the Salween River, including the pipelines, massive Chinese agri-business ventures in the north that involve land-grabbing and semi-feudal working conditions, the Dawei Tavoy port project and industrial park in southern Burma, and the Kaladan River and road project being pursued by Indian firms in western Burma.

    David Scott Mathieson: The Myitsone Dam Decision in Burma

  • In numerous and complex ways this loss will affect Asia's 10 major rivers — the Yellow, Yangtze, Mekong, Salween, Irrawaddy, Brahmaputra, Ganges, Indus, Amu Darya, and Tarim.

    The Most Endangered Glaciers

  • When we examine mainland Southeast Asia, we find that its major rivers (the Mekong, Red [or Hong], Salween, and Irrawaddy rivers) nurturing fertile lands all originated on the Tibet Plateau and passed through Yunnan.

    Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan (Second Century BCE to Twentieth Century CE)

  • Larger than England and France combined, Burma has historically been a crazy quilt of vaguely demarcated states sectioned by jungly mountain ranges and the valleys of the Irrawaddy, Chindwin, Salween, and Mekong rivers.

    Lifting the Bamboo Curtain

  • Thirteen more were being built or planned on the Nu Salween and eight on the Jinsha—the headwater of the Yangtze.

    When a Billion Chinese Jump

  • The headwaters of the mighty rivers Yangtze, Yellow, Mekong, Salween, Brahmaputra, Indus, Sutlej, among others, all originate in its mountain snow packs and glaciers.

    The Struggle For Asia's Water Begins


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