Geologists Find Evidence of China’s Great Flood

According to legend, Chinese civilization began with a Great Flood.

The floodwaters covered the plains of northern and central China for 22 years, until a ruler named Yu led a great dredging project that returned the river to its original channels. As a reward, the gods supposedly granted Yu a divine mandate to rule China and found its first imperial dynasty, the Xia.

For 1,000 years, the story of the Great Flood and Yu’s founding of Chinese civilization were handed down as oral histor

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