(Popular Mechanics) With over 4 trillion gallons of rushing water, it was a flood of biblical proportions. Villages for miles around were swallowed in a single, violent gulp. Yet a king arose out of the destructive floodwaters. By dredging of the flooded lands, he founded the Xia dynasty that would live on centuries. At least, that's how the epic Chinese legend goes.
And today scientists have found the first proof that this ancient Chinese legend is true.
A team of archaeologists and geographers, led by Qinglong Wu at Peking University, in Beijing, China has discovered sedimentary evidence that the Chinese 'Great Flood' really did happen. In roughly 1920 BC—as China was transitioning from the neolithic era to the bronze age—an enormous flood on the Yellow River barreled down a corridor now known as the Jishi Gorge, into the Guanting Basin in central China. Wu and his colleagues describe their discovery today in the journal Science.
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