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The Geography of Iraq
Mr. Hicks in Iraq Mr. Hicks’ Personal Collection
Part 1: Physical Geography & Natural Resources
Typical Weather? Mr. Hicks’ Personal Collection
Climate Desert Landscape Northern Iraq is steppe and the edge of Zagros Mountains Hicks’ Personal Collection
Water Tigris and Euphrates Rivers Persian Gulf
Water continued Tharthar Lake Razzaza Lake Oases Wadis Fossil Water voa65.cfm?CFID= &CFTOKEN= &jsessionid= c362d51bd933393f2c6b3c
Natural Resources Oil Natural Gas
Major Oil Producing Areas
Part 2: History
Mesopotamia Sumer In 3000 BC Sumerians built the first cities Conquered by Persians in 500s BC Conquered by Alexander the Great in 331 BC Conquered by Arabs in 600 AD
Iraq Ottoman Empire in 1500s British rule British took over during World War I Iraq was created in 1932
Iraq Saddam Hussein Took power in 1979 Invaded Kuwait in 1990 Trade embargoes US invasion https://www.stanford.edu/group/ic/cgi-bin/drupal/system/files/saddam-hussein.jpg
People and Culture
Population 27.3 million people, 5 million of which live in the capital of Baghdad 17.8 million Shi’ite Muslims 5.5 million Sunni Muslims 4 million Kurds
Ethnic Groups Kurds Sunnis Shi’ites /military/world/iraq/images/ir aq-ethnic-map.gif
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