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Why did the ancient Chinese civilisation of Liangzhu collapse? Scientists point to climate change




Climate change led to the collapse of the ancient city of Liangzhu, in what is today’s eastern China, bringing the advanced civilisation to a sudden end 4,300 years ago, a new study has found.Intense monsoon rains are likely to have caused severe flooding of the Yangtze River that could not be withstood by Liangzhu’s sophisticated dams and canals, destroying the city and forcing people to flee, according to an international team of scientists.The inhabitants had lived in the city on the Yangtze…



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