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North Africa, SW and Central Asia Physical Geography  Lots of peninsulas and seas  Rivers provide irrigation to crop land  Movement of tectonic plates.

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2 North Africa, SW and Central Asia

3 Physical Geography  Lots of peninsulas and seas  Rivers provide irrigation to crop land  Movement of tectonic plates has caused mountains to form, and earthquakes to take place  Lots of oil and natural gas  4 climate regions: desert, steppe, Mediterranean, highlands  Rainfall and natural vegetation varies widely

4 Population Patterns  Very diverse ethnicities  Most people live on coast or river valleys  Overcrowding in cities has increased pollution

5 History and Government  2 of the earliest civilizations arose in Mesopotamia and the Nile River Valley  3 of the world’s religions trace their origins t o Southwest Asia: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

6 Culture and Lifestyles  Islam and Arabic languages have been unifying forces in the area  Other major languages: Hebrew, Berber, Greek, and various Turkic languages  History of culture can be seen through the art and architecture of the area  Tradition especially religious observance plays an important role in everyday life

7 Living in the Region today  A lot of people work in agriculture  Oil-producing countries have experienced greater economic growth than other countries  Advanced transportation and communication have helped connect the region with one another and the world  Interdependence is increasing among the countries

8 The Environment  People have had to modify the environment to meet their needs  New technology and destructive wars have subjected the regions environment to stress  People are working to revive areas damaged by past events


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