Brief Introduction of Yangtze River Delta
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Brief Introduction of Yangtze River Delta


Formation of Yangtze River Delta

The basement of Yangtze River Delta is a part of Yangtze River paraplatform. Himalayan tectonic movement suspended and deposited here. The frequently up and down of the earth and sea level in the neotectonics made the sediments of Yangtze River deposited here and started to form a delta. Because of the coriolis force, the main stream of Yangtze River keeps heading to the right and the sediments keep merging into the northern bank. There are still many 100 meters to 300 meters high monadnocks at Yangtze River Delta today.

Cities at Yangtze River Delta

The urban agglomeration at Yangtze River Delta is the biggest metropolitan area in China. There are many well developed cities here, including Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Zhenjiang, Yangzhou, Nantong, Yancheng, Taizhou, Huaian, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Jiaxing, Huzhou, Shaoxing, Zhoushan, Taizhou, Quzhou, Jinhua, Hefei and Maanshan.

Climate of Yangtze River Delta

Yangtze River Delta enjoys a humid sub-tropical monsoon climate. It has four distinctive seasons. The average temperature in January is 2℃-4℃ and the average temperature in July is over 28℃. The annual precipitation is 1000-1400 millimeters. There are about 230-250 frost-free days.

The annual average temperature, the annual highest and lowest temperature of Yangtze River Delta keeps rising in recent years. The rise of the temperature is comparatively obvious in winter and spring. The urbanization in the big cities is greatly responsible to the rise of the temperature.

History of Yangtze River Delta

Human beings had been fishing, hunting and farming here at the early days of the formation of Yangtze River Delta.

Yangtze River Delta experienced two large-scale migrations. The first migration happened between the 4th century and 6th century, the second migration taken place between 12th century and 13th century. The construction of the river network from 10th century also promoted the development of Yangtze River Delta. It has developed into the famous "land flowing with milk and honey" and "land of silk" in China.

The spring up of the modern industry promoted the construction of the railways. The cities at Yangtze River Delta develop rapidly by making full use of the convenient water transportation. Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Huzhou and Jiaxing developed into industrial cities successively.

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