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Legends say China began in a great flood. Scientists just found evidence that the flood was real.

 

Screen Shot 2016 08 05 at 00.03.53"Yu the Great Fights a Flood Dragon" (Totoya Hokkei/William Sturgis Bigelow Collection)

It's said the flood looked like "endless boiling water," surging across the landscape. A wave as tall as a 30-story building would have crashed over the banks of the Yellow River, demolishing everything in its path. It soaked the streets of ancient China's nascent cities and washed away the surrounding farmland.

"The flood is pouring forth destruction. Boundless and overwhelming, it overtops hills and mountains," goes a quote attributed to the legendary Emperor Yao. "Rising and ever rising, it threatens the very heavens."

If civilization was to survive, the people needed a hero who could tame the floodwaters and restore the land. That man was Yu, founder of China's first dynasty, the Xia. Over the course of decades, Yu organized a dredging campaign, dug channels that would carry the water back to its source, and pioneered a tradition of great Chinese public works.

To read the full article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/04/legends-say-china-began-in-a-great-flood-scientists-just-found-evidence-that-the-flood-was-real/?ref=yfp

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