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... consequent salinity of the soil, and is sparsely peopled in comparison with
most of the North China Plain. The coastal area produces a good deal of salt.
Since 1963, however, the area has been subjected to intensive flood control
In normal years its maximum size, however, is about 1,900 sq mi. The lake, like
the Po-yang Hu farther east, acts as a huge retention reservoir for the Yangtze. In
the flood season, from June until October, the Yangtze waters flood into the lake.
Utnapishtim, in the ancient Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, the mythical hero
of the great Flood, who survived the deluge because of the will of the gods and
thus gained immortality. He tells his descendent Gilgamesh of a plant that will ...
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