Ancient China Geography

Ancient China Geography

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  • Hello! My name is Will and I am taking a trip around China. Right now, I am standing on the Tibet-Quinghai Plateau. It is very cold out here. On the plateau, temperatures are so cold and dry that snow falls even in the summer! Behind me, Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth, stands. Mount Everest and other tall mountains give the plateau its nickname, "The Roof of the World". Not much vegetation grows because of the cold weather, but yaks, antelopes and wolves all call the plateau their home. 2 major rivers of China begin at the plateau: The Yellow River and the Chang Jiang. These conditions make the plateau a hard place to live on.
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  • The Taklimakan Desert is famous for its reputation as one of he world's most dangerous deserts. The name "Taklimakan" means "once you go in, you will not come out". The winds in the desert create huge sandstorms that move at very high speeds. Local legends say that 300 cities are buried 600 feet below the dunes! The desert is to dry for any vegetation to grow.
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  • Here I am, at the Gobi desert. Stretching over 500,000 square miles, it is considered of the largest in the world. Unlike the Taklimakan, the Gobi desert is stony and doesn't have a lot of dunes. The ground is made up of tiny pebbles and a little bit of sand. The vegetation here is scarce, and plants usually grow separated from each other and are very small.
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  • It is nighttime at the Northeastern Plain. The Northeastern Plain is located in Present-day Mongolia. It is a land of low hills full of grassy plains. The grass in the plains provided food for the sheep and horses that were raised by farmers. There is two main rivers that flow trough the plain: the Liao and the Sungari River. The Liao is a shallow river, while the Sungari is deeper and can carry large boats. In winter, the rivers freeze and are used as roads by the people of the plains. The plain has short, warm summers, but the winters are dry and cold. However, the souther part of the plain
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  • The Huang He rivers is one of the world's muddiest, and it's the only major body of water in the plain. Even though the plain is a very good place to grow crops and settle, it has also been the reason for many disasters in the plain. The river frequently floods, destroying crops and villages.
  • I am taking an audio-tour of the North China Plain. The North China plain is nicknamed, "Land of the Yellow Earth" because the winds in the Plain carries yellow limestone silt from the Gobi Desert. The yellow limestone silt from the Gobi desert makes the Plain a very fertile place to grow crops, and gives the Huang He River it's name, which means "Yellow River". 
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  • Lastly, I have traveled to the Chang Jiang Basin. The climate here is warm and wet, and you can feel the moisture in the air. Historians believe that in ancient times, the basin might had been covered in thick rain forests. This climate is perfect for growing rice, which needs a lot of moisture and warmth. Here, one major river runs through the Basin: the Chang Jiang. The Chang Jiang is longer than the Huang He river (it's name means "long river") and it is used to carry goods from the eastern part of the basin to the western part of the basin. The river ends in a delta, and the deposited silt makes the area around the delta very fertile. Also, the Chang Jiang floods a lot less than the Huang He, making it safer for people.
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