The Yangtze. China's Majestic River by Molly Aloian

By Molly Aloian

The robust Yangtze River - the third-longest river on this planet - is the birthplace of chinese language civilization. This booklet takes readers alongside this historical transportation path, strategic ordinary boundary, and lifeblood of an agricultural society.

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3 million) Rhine Europe Alps, Switzerland North Sea 865 (1,390) 65,600 (170,000) St. Lawrence North America Lake Ontario, Canada and United States Gulf of St. 8 million) 28 TIMELINE About 5000 BC About 1766 BC 1122 BC 256 BC The first settlements develop along the Yangtze River. 221 BC China’s first emperor unites much of present-day China; the Qin dynasty begins. 206 BC 581 AD — 618 AD 618 960 1206 1275 1279 1368 1644 1912 The Han dynasty begins. 1931 1935 1949 Yangtze floods kill 145,000 people.

Mongol ruler Kublai Khan founds the Yuan dynasty. The Ming dynasty begins. The Qing dynasty begins. The Qing emperor steps down, and the Republic of China is established. More than 142,000 people die in Yangtze floods. Communists, led by Mao Zedong, win a civil war and take power in China. Construction of the Three Gorges Dam begins. The Yangtze River dolphin is declared extinct. The Three Gorges Dam is completed. 29 GLOSSARY barges Long, flat-bottomed boats used mostly for the transport of goods and usually propelled by towing glacier A large body of ice and snow moving slowly down a slope or spreading outward on land Buddhist A follower of the religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha (563 BC–483 BC) gorges Narrow canyons with steep walls canal A human-made waterway that is used for navigation and irrigation hydroelectricity Electricity that is produced by the force of moving water Communist A person who believes that property and goods should be owned in common and labor should benefit all people irrigation The watering of land in an artificial way to foster plant growth crop rotation The successive planting of different crops on the same land to improve soil fertility landslides Masses of rocks or earth that slip down a steep slope migratory Moving periodically from one region to another for feeding or breeding deforestation The action or process of clearing an area of trees and underbrush monsoon The season that is characterized by very heavy rainfall delta A triangular or fan-shaped area of land at the mouth of a river mouth The place where a river enters a larger body of water dendritic Branching like a tree pagoda A tower in eastern Asia, usually with roofs curving upward at the division of each of several stories; it is erected as a temple drainage basin The land drained by a river and its tributaries drainage pattern The arrangement of a main stream and its tributaries economy The way money and goods are produced, distributed, and consumed ecosystems Complex communities of organisms and their environments functioning as a unit Eurasian Relating to a single landmass made up of Asia and Europe 30 habitat The environment in which a plant or an animal naturally lives and grows plateau A broad, flat area of high land reservoir An artificial lake where water is collected and kept for use runoff Water from rain or snow that flows over the surface of the ground and into rivers silt Small particles of sand or rock left as sediment extinct Having died out completely tributaries Smaller rivers and streams that flow into larger bodies of water floodplain The flat or nearly flat land along a river or stream or land that is covered by water during a flood wetlands Marshes, swamps, or other areas of land where the soil near the surface is soaked or covered with water FIND OUT MORE BOOKS Bowden, Rob.

Lawrence North America Lake Ontario, Canada and United States Gulf of St. 8 million) 28 TIMELINE About 5000 BC About 1766 BC 1122 BC 256 BC The first settlements develop along the Yangtze River. 221 BC China’s first emperor unites much of present-day China; the Qin dynasty begins. 206 BC 581 AD — 618 AD 618 960 1206 1275 1279 1368 1644 1912 The Han dynasty begins. 1931 1935 1949 Yangtze floods kill 145,000 people. 1950s 1994 2006 2008 Economic development increases in the Yangtze basin. The Shang dynasty begins.

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