Author: Tia Ghose
Date: December 24, 2014
Chapter 14: Geology and Earth Resources
Content of the Article: http://www.livescience.com/49247-chinese-civilization-disappearance-explained.html
The problem in the article is an earthquake that happened 3,000 years ago because it caused the disappearance of one of China's ancient civilizations. The humans and the environment are the ones that were affected by the earthquake because the humans were forced to relocate to a new river flow since the earthquake caused catastrophic landslides which dammed up the Sanxingdui culture's main water source (how the environment changed). There are no solutions to this problem because the Sanxingdui civilization has been lost. However, the Sanxingdui's resolved their nature-caused problem by relocating to Jinsha where water was available. I feel that this article made me realize that even though people can come up with solutions to survive in nature, nothing is ever guaranteed because nature will always win. This article relates to AP Environmental Science because geological hazards such as earthquakes were discussed in the book (Chapter 14). The book talks about how such catastrophic events have ''shaped the world around us'' which proves that the earthquake that happened 3,000 years or so ago did in fact change the Sanxingdui civilization by making them move to a new location with a water source (Chapter 14). I have learned that there are geological and historic clues that support the theory of an earthquake devastating the Sanxingdui. Geological clues include the finding of geological sediments suggesting massive flooding in the Jinsha area and the rerouting of the river.