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The Yangtze: China's Majestic River

The Yangtze: China's Majestic River

by Molly Aloian
     
 

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Since ancient times, rivers have shaped the course of human history. Serving as entryways into new lands for explorers, great civilizations often developed along their banks. Today, rivers are just as vital for transportation, creating hydroelectricity, and supplying water. What steps are being taken to protect the world's great rivers from these human

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Since ancient times, rivers have shaped the course of human history. Serving as entryways into new lands for explorers, great civilizations often developed along their banks. Today, rivers are just as vital for transportation, creating hydroelectricity, and supplying water. What steps are being taken to protect the world's great rivers from these human activities?

The Yangtze River-the third-longest river in the world-is the birthplace of Chinese civilization. For thousands of years, the Yangtze River has been a major transportation route, a strategic natural boundary, and the lifeblood of an agricultural society. Today, the river basin is home to about one-third of China's population. The new Three Gorges Dam controls the river's dangerous floods and supplies electricity to China's energy-hungry population-but at what cost to the environment?

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Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
One of eight books in the "Rivers Around the World" series, this title examines the history and importance of the longest river in Asia. At 3,915 miles long, the Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world and creates a natural border between northern and southern China. The Yangtze provides drinking water, water for crops, and electricity. As a major transportation route, many important industrial centers are positioned along the Yangtze. Chapters look at the river's ecosystems, flooding, and plant and animal life found in and near the river, along with the history of the areas around the river. Also discussed is the Yangtze's role in travel, commerce, and tourism. Finally, threats to the river, such as deforestation, erosion, pollution, and overgrazing are explored, as well as what is being done to protect the river. Maps, full-color pictures, charts, a time line, glossary, and further reading selections round out the title. The many maps help inform the text, as do "fast facts" scattered throughout the book. The pages are cleanly laid out, and the expansive photographs nicely capture the beauty and significance of the Yangtze River. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778774723
Publisher:
Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Rivers Around the World Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
1100L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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