Sci­en­tists dis­cover clues to “Great Flood”

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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