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2 Leading countries according to GDP (how rich they are) Kuwait United Arab Emirates Qatar Israel

3 Leading countries according to Land size Algeria Saudi Arabia Libya

4 Leading countries according to population Iran Turkey Egypt

5 Physical Characteristics Middle East is the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and Asia It has a primarily desert or semi- arid climate Sahara, Sahel, and steppes are the primary vegetation region


7 Sahara--world’s largest desert, it stretches over most of North Africa and is growing Sahel--area separating the Sahara from the tropical rainforest of Africa.

8 Sahara desert

9 The Sahel is an area of temperate grassland (steppe) moving into sparse desert scrub-like vegetation

10 Three main mountain ranges – 1. Atlas Mountains in northern Algeria and Morocco – 2. Taurus Mountains in southern Turkey – 3. Zagros Mountains in western Iran


12 Even though this is a dry area, water plays a very large role There are several large bodies of water which play a major role in world politics

13 – Examples : Persian Gulf/Arabian Gulf Strait of Hormuz Arabian Sea Red Sea


15 Other important bodies of water Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Bosporus Strait, Dardanelles Strait, Nile River (longest in the world), Tigris and Euphrates (home to the world’s first civilization) and the Jordan River

16 The area is also subject to seasonal flooding, alluvial soils, delta regions, oases, and wadis

17 Seasonal flooding--several of the rivers flood regularly (Nile) which deposit rich alluvial soil for farming

18 The desert regions are home to many oases (a place where fresh water makes it possible for life to exist in a dry area) and wadi (a gully or usually dry river bed cut by running water after a downpour)

19 Oasis

20 Label each country in BLACK Label each capital and city of importance in RED and use the proper symbol Capital City of Importance Label each sea, river and ocean in BLACK and color them BLUE. Label each desert in GREEN and color them YELLOW. Label each mountain BROWN and use a triangle.

21 Economic Characteristics The area has a heavy reliance on primary economic activities such as oil drilling, agriculture and herding/grazing

22 The area is the home of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Many countries in the area still belong today Major producers of the world’s oil Provide large oil revenues


24 Positive effects--jobs, revenue, position of power Negative effects--reliance on one industry, pollution, unequal distribution of wealth

25 Water is the region’s MOST PRECIOUS resource Aswan High Dam has had positive and negative effects on the region. Suez Canal enhanced shipping routes in the region

26 Positive effects of the Aswan High dam – Controls flooding, recreation areas, power Negative effects of the Aswan high Dam – land losing fertility, lost homes when dam built, disease

27 Benefit Problem

28 There is a great variation in the standard of living in the region. It ranges from the relatively high to the poverty stricken. There is also a wide range of per capita income and differing levels of development



31 Trade has been important to the region from the earliest time. Today regional conflicts and political unrest have affected trade and tourism The area today has contemporary trade routes (sea lanes)

32 Cultural Characteristics The area has experienced rapid urbanization Most modernization has centered around urban areas and more traditional life has continued in the rural areas

33 Large percentage of the population is under the age of 15 due to conflict, disease and the hardships associated with the region. The population is generally unevenly distributed due to the environment and resources


35 All but three of the countries are Arab nations and they use the Arabic language. Turkey, Iran and Israel are the non-Arab countries

36 North Africa and Southwest Asia are the birthplace to three major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. All three claim similar holy places and the dominant group has changed over the years.

37 Since 1949, the region has been in conflict over the area known as PALESTINE. This area is present day Israel.

38 Much of the region has a nomadic lifestyle NOMADIC-to wander from place to place behind a food source or for other reasons

39 The art of the region reflects the diversity of the religions; stained glass, geometric tiles, calligraphy, mosaics, and prayer rugs

40 Prayer Rugs

41 Stained Glass/Mosaics

42 Cities as centers of trade and culture Baghdad, Iraq Cairo, Egypt Istanbul, Turkey Jerusalem, Israel Mecca, Saudi Arabia Tehran, Iran

43 Cultural Landscape Mosques, minarets Church of the Holy Sepulcher Hagia Sophia bazaars, sugs Western Wall (of Jerusalem)

44 Dome of the Rock Kaaba Pyramids Oil rigs walled cities

45 Oil Rigs

46 Kaaba

47 Dome of the Rock

48 Hagia Sophia

49 Church of the Holy Sepulcher

50 Pyramids

51 Western Wall


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