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Sunday, 11 November 2012 14:47

Huang He (Yellow River): sequence of natural-color images from NASA's Landsat satellites shows the delta near the present river mouth at five-year intervals from 1989 to 2009 (Earth Observatory)

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China’s Huang He (Yellow River) is the most sediment-filled river on Earth. Flowing northeast to the Bo Hai Sea from the Bayan Har Mountains, the Yellow River crosses a plateau blanketed with up to 300 meters (980 feet) of fine, wind-blown soil.

The soil is easily eroded, and millions of tons of it are carried away by the river every year. Some of it reaches the river’s mouth, where it builds and rebuilds the delta.

 

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