Characteristic of the Yellow River Delta

by Guodong Cheng, Ministry of Geology and Mineral, Rsources, Quifdao, China,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Deltas of the World


The yellow river delta is a most unstable delta in the world. The river burst its lowstream bank 1500 times during the last 3000 years, 26 large shifting of the channel as well. The river mouth migrated widely with a distance of 600 km. Several ancient deltas were found along the coastal zone of Bohai sea and yellow sea. The last migration occurred at 1855 and the modern yellow river delta has been constructed since that time. The distribution of the modern yellow river delta shifted 9 times within the 137 years. The coastline of the delta migrated frequently with the evolution of the deltaic loss. The instability of the delta is controlled by several factor, such as tectonism of China-plate, sea level change, feature of the receiving-basin and background of the drainage area.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | High-rise buildings | Shores | Sea water | Drainage | Seas and oceans | Sea level | Floods | Yellow River | Yellow Sea | Tibet | China | Asia

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