Transcript of The Grand Canal: How it was made and it's effects on the surrounding environment.
The building of the Grand Canal began in 486 BCE, and it wasn't completed until somewhere around 610 A.D. This contributed to the downfall of the Sui dynasty in 618 A.D. http://library.thinkquest.org/20443/grandcanal.html The Grand Canal... The Grand Canal- Was originally built to control the flood-prone terrain of China. It effectively prevented floods, but was also used during wars. The high dikes were released, releasing masses of water the wreaked havoc, giving the Chinese an edge. The building techniques were crude The grand Canal was mostly completed by the peasants and it was hard, laborious work. By the time it was completed, the creation of the Grand Canal had killed about 3,000,000 workers- 1/2 of the total 6,000,000. It was started by the Zhou dynasty, the Qi took over the construction, and then was completed by the Sui in 605-610 A.D. Was the longest man-made waterway- 1,800 kilometers long, with 24 docks and 60 bridges! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canal_(China) http://www.chinapage.com/canal.html The Grand Canal! Full transcript