The Yangtze: China's Majestic River

The Yangtze: China's Majestic River

by Molly Aloian


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The Yangtze: China's Majestic River by Molly Aloian

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778774723
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Series: Rivers Around the World Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,063,527
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 River to Heaven 4

Chapter 2 The Mighty Yangtze 8

Chapter 3 Flowing Through History 14

Chapter 4 Travel and Commerce 20

Chapter 5 The River Today 24

Comparing the World's Rivers 28

Timeline 29

Glossary 30

Find Out More 31

Index 32

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