Geography Journey of Ancient China
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We start our China-geography journey at the Tibet-Qinghai Plateau. It is a rocky land surrounded by many mountains. The landmark's temperature is very cold because of it's high elevation. Two of China's major rivers begin in this area, the Yellow River and the Yangtze River.
We go from the mountains of Tibet-Qinghai, to the sandy Taklimakan desert. The desert covers an area 105,000 square miles and is considered one of the worlds most dangerous deserts. It's name means "once you go in, you will not come out." This is because of many desert winds and sandstorms. Legend says a sandstorm in the desert barried an entire army!
Next to the Taklimakan Desert is another Desert known as the Gobi Desert. The landmark has very few sand dunes and small vegetation because of it's stony surface. Plants tend to small and widely spread apart.
We now move from the sandy deserts, to the mild Northeastern plain, covered mostly by prairie grass. Two major rivers run through this landmark, the Liao River and the Sungari River. The Liao River is shallow, while the Sungari is deep. In the winter, both rivers freeze, allowing people to use the rivers as roads. Since the plain has a mild climate, it is too dry and too cold to grow crops.
Another plain in China is known as The North China plain, also nicknamed the "land of the yellow earth". The landmark has this nickname because the grounds are covered in yellow limestone silt, which is carried by the wind to the plains. The river that goes through the plain is called the Yellow River. It is called yellow, because the river is full of yellow silt. This landmark is covered mostly by grasslands and hardly has any bumps or hills.
Are last stop on this journey, is the Chang Jiang Basins. It's climate is very warm and wet with temperatures from 68 to 39 degrees. The river surrounding this landmark is known as the Chang Jiang. It starts in the high mountains and then floats through the Basins, depositing fertile soil behind. The vegetation is very good for growing rice and crops. This concludes are China-Geography journey.
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