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3  Mainland Southeast Asia lies on two peninsulas - rectangular Indochinese Peninsula is south of China - Malay Peninsula is 700-mile strip south from mainland

4  Malay Peninsula bridges mainland and island archipelagoes - archipelago —set of closely grouped islands, often in a curved arc - Malay Archipelago includes the Philippines & Indonesian islands


6  Mountains and Volcanoes - Island mountains are volcanic in origin, part of Pacific Ring of Fire - volcanic eruptions, earthquakes are common in region


8  Rivers - Several large mainland rivers run south through mountain valleys - spread out into fertile deltas near coast  Natural Resources - Volcanic activity, flooding rivers create nutrient-rich, fertile soil  Rivers, seas provide fish; some areas have petroleum, tin, gems




12  Climate - Tropical wet climate in coastal Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Oceania - also in most of Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines - High temperatures— annual average of 80 degrees in Southeast Asia - Parts of Southeast Asia get 100, even 200 inches of rain annually

13  Tropical wet and dry climate found in parts of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam - weather is shaped by monsoons - Monsoon areas often have disastrous weather - typhoons can occur in region during the wet season


15  1957 – 1975 - U.S. became involved in Vietnam War - tried to stop Communist control of South Vietnam  1973 - U.S. left & South Vietnam surrendered in 1975  Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos became Communist


17  Agriculture is region’s main income source - rice is chief food crop -Myanmar is heavily forested & produces teak wood  Growth of cities is linked to industrialization— growth of industry


19  Scarcity of land—in Philippines 3% of landowners hold 25% of land  60% of rural families don’t have enough land to earn a living farming  Population growth—as populations grow, land shortages increase - farmers divide land among heirs—plots become too small  Southeast Asian cities have trouble dealing with numerous immigrants


21  Housing availability can’t keep pace - many immigrants live in slums  Traffic increases due to workers driving, trucks hauling goods - creates more pollution, particulates - 5,000 people a year die from breathing polluted air in Bangkok & Thailand







28  People are afraid that the income gap between the rich & poor will cause social unrest & increased crime rates




32 What is an archipelago? What was the United States attempting to prevent in the Vietnam War? What are many people afraid that income gap in Southeast Asia will cause? How do cities suffer in times of rapid urbanization? What type of landform is abundant in the Ring of Fire?


34  No one knows how many islands there are in the Pacific - some estimate there are more than 20,000 - hard to count because islands vanish and new ones appear  As a group, the Pacific Islands are called Oceania - includes New Zealand, Australia (a continent, not an island)

35  Three geographic, cultural regions: - Micronesia —“tiny islands” - Melanesia —“black islands” - Polynesia —“many islands”  Volcanoes create high islands, coral reefs make up low islands - most islands are small; total land area is smaller than Alaska


37  Traditional Life- fishing & farming economies (Subsistence Activities) - taro - starchy root that makes poi—a major crop - fishing villages on coasts & farming, hunting, & gathering inland



40  Few cities, but they’re growing - people move for education, jobs - fast growth means shantytowns, bad sanitation - urban dwellers giving up traditional ways  Modern communication links island groups, connects Oceania to world

41  1940s - Nuclear arms race between U.S., USSR began  U.S. conducted 66 nuclear bomb tests on Bikini, & Enewetak atolls - atoll - ringlike coral island, or islands, surrounding a lagoon


43  “Bravo” hydrogen bomb test vaporized several islands - radiation contamination injured or sickened many islanders


45  1948 - Bikini Islanders moved to the island of Kili - conditions there don’t allow them to fish or grow enough food  Late 1960s - U.S. declared Bikini safe & some islanders return  1978 - doctors found dangerous radiation levels in islanders & islanders left again  1988 - Cleanup of Bikini Atoll began - still unknown when Bikini will be suitable for humans again


47 What name are the Pacific Islands known as Name the three regions of Oceania? What do most people in Oceania do for a living? What does Micronesia mean? What does Melanesia mean? What does Polynesia mean? How were the high island formed? How were the low islands formed? Why were the Bikini Atoll inhabitants forced to move?


49  New Zealand has two main islands, North Island and South Island  Southern Alps—300-mile mountain range down center of South Island - 16 peaks over 10,000 feet; over 360 glaciers  North Island has hilly ranges, volcanic plateau - fertile farmland; forests for lumber; natural harbors  Few mineral resources, but dams generate electricity




53  Originally settled by Maori - migrated from Polynesia 1,000 years ago  1769 - Captain James Cook explored New Zealand  1840 - Treaty of Waitangi gave Great Britain control of New Zealand  1861 – Gold Rush  1907 - New Zealand became independent

54  Major industry in Australia, New Zealand is food-product processing  New Zealand sells butter, cheese, meat, & wool  1998 - had 15 times more sheep and cattle than people  New Zealand also produces wood, paper products


56  Australia is earth’s smallest & flattest continent  Great Dividing Range —chain of highlands parallel to east coast  West of range are plains and plateaus

57  Climate - One-third of Australia is desert, located in the continent’s center - under 10 inches of rain annually; too dry for agriculture - Few live in dry inland region called the outback




61  Murray River is largest of continent’s few rivers  Little forestry, but rich in bauxite, diamonds, opals, lead, coal



64  Great Barrier Reef — 1,250-mile chain of 2,500 reefs, islands


66  Original Inhabitants were Aboriginal people - hunter-gatherers with complex religious beliefs, social structures



69  1770 - Captain James Cook explored Australia  1788 - Britain colonized Australia - Sydney founded as a penal colony - a place to send prisoners



72  1901 - Australia became independent  1909 to 1969 - 100,000 mixed-race children were taken (Assimilation) - raised by white families to promote assimilation (minority group gives up culture & adopts majority culture) -Aborigines angrily call these children the Stolen Generation

73  60% of Australia’s jobs are in service industries  Australia’s sheep ranching makes it the world’s largest wool exporter  Mining - Australia has diamonds, lead, zinc, opals - also bauxite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore

74  Both countries highly urbanized: 85% of people live in cities, towns - Australia’s large cities have pollution, traffic problems - New Zealand’s cities are quiet, uncrowded & pollution- free

75  In both countries, ranchers live far from cities  Recreation - Tennis, rugby, soccer, Australian rules football are popular - New Zealand has skiing, mountain climbing

76  European colonizers brought animals to Australia, including rabbits  1859 - Thomas Austin released 24 rabbits into Australia to hunt - one pair can have 184 descendents in 18 months  Australia has over one billion rabbits by 1900

77  Rabbits stripped sparse vegetation & ruined sheep pastures, caused erosion - resulted lack of food endangers native animals  Foxes were imported to prey on them ( but also endanger native wildlife)  1950s - they were intentionally infected with myxomatosis; 90% die - ranches then able to support twice as many sheep - rabbits become immune to disease; back to 300 million by 1990s - Today a combination of poisons, diseases, fences are used


79 The overpopulation of what animal damaged Australia’s’ agriculture? What happened to the Stolen Generation of Aboriginal children? What did the British want to assimilate the Aboriginal people? What is the smallest continent? What purpose did Great Britain originally establish Sidney Australia for? What was the name of the original inhabitants of New Zealand? What is the Great Barrier Reef?

80  Industry damages environment; factories pollute air, water, soil  Damage to the Environment - Burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) into atmosphere - CO 2 is greenhouse gas—traps sun’s heat  Some scientists fear atmosphere now has too many greenhouse gases - atmosphere might trap too much heat, raising temperatures (Global Warming)

81  Many disagree with global warming theory - say temperature increases are natural  Ozone Hole - Ozone layer is high in the atmosphere - absorbs most of sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays

82  In 1970s, scientists found thinning of ozone layer over Antarctica - called it a hole in the ozone  Chemicals like chlorine in CFCs destroy ozone - many governments restrict use of such chemicals - others delay passing laws because they are costly for industry

83  Global warming fear: small temperature increase could melt ice caps - rising seas may swamp coastal cities, Oceania’s low islands  Warming might change evaporation, precipitation patterns - create violent storms like typhoons and increase droughts - shift climate zones and agricultural regions, upset economies  Ozone hole lets in more ultraviolet rays - cause skin cancer, eye damage, & crop damage

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