Scientists discover clues to “Great Flood”
A team of Chinese scientists have released a paper claiming to have discovered evidence that a great flood actually did take place, leading to the establishment of China’s first imperial dynasty.
The scientists and researchers discovered the remnants of a huge landslide, caused by an earthquake, which blocked the Yellow River in what is now Qinghai province in northwestern China.
The flood on Asia’s third largest river would have lasted for some 20 years and would have been the largest of its kind on the globe for the past 10,000 years, fitting in with the Chinese legend of the “Great Flood”.
The great flood brought about another Chinese legend, Yu the Great, who is said to have redirected the floodwaters and returned the Yellow River to its course. According to folk tales, after Yu had engineered and dredged the waters back to their original path, he claimed to have the divine mandate to establish the Xia Dynasty, the first in Chinese history.