From U Washington: “UW geologist: Ancient Chinese flood is latest to match oral, geologic histories “

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University of Washington

August 4, 2016
Hannah Hickey

A paper published this week in Science finds evidence to support stories that a huge flood took place in China about 4,000 years ago, during the reign of Emperor Yu. The study, led by Chinese researcher Qinglong Wu, finds evidence for a massive landslide dam break that could have redirected the course of the Yellow River, giving rise to the legendary flood that Emperor Yu is credited with controlling.

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Emperor Yu is famous through Chinese legends in which he worked to control persistent flooding.Science/AAAS

An accompanying commentary by David Montgomery, a UW professor of Earth and space sciences, discusses how this finding supports the historical basis for traditional tales about China’s Great Flood. It even explains some details of the classic folk story.

“A telling aspect of the story — that it took Yu and his followers decades to control the floodwaters…

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