James wrote: ↑Sun May 28, 2023 3:12 pm
It would be interesting to see how locations with presumably known coordinates end up placing relative to nearby landmarks like rivers or the like. Assuming those locations are accurately tagged (e.g. based on modern-day discovery of remnants) that would probably end up being a very good way of finding out how things line up with geographical features on the map (e.g. discovering the path of a river has changed).
Also about that, the fascinating thing is that unlike what is more commonly believed, river naturally changing course is a very rare phenomenon (in the scale of the Huanghe). Not just in China, but worldwide. Unless it is caused by human. If it occurs naturally, the course of the river do not deviate that much and is more the result of accumulated sediment or becoming larger and eventually splitting up and after a while the water flow can potentially stop in one of the branch and keep going on the newer one. Drastic course's change like the Yellow River experienced throughout history is very rare. And that's why the coastline is different today than it was during the 3K. If it wasn't from these changes, the coastline would be almost identical. And one of the reason why this kind of river course change is so rare, on this scale anyway, is because of the nature of reliefs. Although climate change will affect the biomes, it will not affect the mountains, the elevation of hills, etc. Granted, mountains and such reliefs does change over time, but we are talking of tens of thousands of years, not just 2000 years. So that's why most rivers that existed 2000 years ago still exist today in their original location. The ones that do not exist anymore is likely due to human activity (like building dams or literally diverting a river), or because of other natural phenomenon such as dryness and typhoon, earthquakes, etc.
So for using China as an example, that's why the north of China or rather the central plains are different from how it was 2000 years ago, while the south of the Yangtze is almost identical to how it was 2000 years ago. Anyway that's my understanding and from what I've read on the matter, so that's the logic I've been following to make this map. But I'm obviously not a geologist or anything of the sort, hence why I'm welcoming any remarks regarding the accuracy of the map so I can look into it.