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The Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and third longest in the world…

The Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and third longest in the world. The headwaters of the Yangtze are located at an elevation of about 16,000 feet above sea level in the Kunlun Mountains in the southwestern section of Qinghai. It flows generally south through Sichuan into Yunnan then northeast and east across central China through Sichuan, Hubei, Auhui, and Jiangsu Provinces to its mouth, 3,720 miles away in the East China Sea, north of Shanghai. The river has over 700 tributaries; the principal tributaries being the Hun, Yalong, Jialing, Min, Tuo Jiang, and Wu Jiang. The climate ranges from 96 F in the summer to cold, brisk temperatures in the winter. Precipitation is high due to the height of the mountains. China covers an area of almost 3.7 million square miles and is the most populous country on earth having more than one billion people, about 400 million or about one-third of them live in the Yangtze Basin. Many are engaged in agriculture…

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