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Sediments Pouring Forth from Yangtze River, China

31.2N 121.4E

September 17th, 2012 Category: Rivers, Sediments

China – August 31st, 2012

Sediments pour forth from the mouth of the Yangtze River (bottom edge), the longest river in Asia, and the third longest in the world. It flows for 6,418 kilometres (3,988 mi) from the glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in Qinghai eastward across southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It is also one of the biggest rivers by discharge volume in the world. In recent years, the river has suffered from industrial pollution, agricultural run-off, siltation, and loss of wetland and lakes, which exacerbates seasonal flooding.

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