China Geography

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  • The Tibet-Qinghai Plateau
  • The Tibet-Qinghai Plateau is a rocky land surrounded by the Himalayas. It is very cold here, and the air is thin and dry, so snow falls year 'round. China's two major rivers flow through here. The Yellow river, and the Yangtze river. It is hard to grow crops in this area, but the grasses feed the animals around here.
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  • The Taklimakan Desert
  • The Taklimakan Desert is one of the most dangerous places in the world. It's name means once you go in, you will not come out. The winds cause huge sand dunes to shift, creating sandstorms that move at crazy speeds. Here, it is too dry to have a lot of vegetation, but plants only grow near oases and along rivers.
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  • The Gobi Desert is one of the world's largest desert. Unlike the Taklimakan Desert, the Gobi Desert barely has any sand dunes. It's surface is made up of little pebbles and tiny bits of sand, so, most of the desert is stony. Also, the plants here, tend to be small and widely spaced apart. 
  • The Gobi Desert
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  • The Northeastern Plain
  • The Northeastern Plain is all low hills and plains. Here, the vegetation is mainly prairie grass, which in ancient times provided food for the animals around this area. There are 2 rivers here. The Liao, a shallower river, and the Sungari, a deeper river. In this area, it has short warm summers, but dry and cold winters. Even though there are rivers, it is generally too cold and dry to grow crops. 
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  • The North China Plain is a flat region of grassland. The temperatures here range from very warm in the summer, to quite cold in the winter. The land around here is covered in yellow limestone silt, which is carried in by winds from the Gobi Desert. The Huang He river flows through here. It is the muddiest river in the world. It carries silt that helps fertilize the surrounding lands, making it a good place to settle and grow crops. Although the Huang He river helps farmers, it has also caused many disasters because it is prone to flooding.
  • The North China Plain
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  • The Chang Jiang Basins are areas of low, wet coastal plains. These basins are located along the Chang Jiang river. It is longer than the Huang He river, and it's name means "long river." People use this river to transport goods between the eastern and western areas of the region. Just like the Huang He river, it helps make the land around it more fertile. The climate here is warm and wet. In ancient times, there may have been a thick rainforest. There was little space for growing crops, and the area was not suitable for grazing animals, but these basins were really good for growing rice.
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