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1The Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, and Iran World Geography Today4/15/2017CHAPTER 9The Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, and IranSection 1: Physical GeographySection 2: The Arabian PeninsulaSection 3: Iraq Section 4: IranChapter 19
2Objectives: Section 1 Physical Geography What landforms and rivers can be found in the Persian Gulf area and the interior of Southwest Asia?How does the region’s physical geography affect its climates and biomes?What natural resources does the region have?
3Physical Features: Section 1 Physical Geography Saudi Arabia— Arabian Peninsula (largest sand desert in the world)Iraq—wide plain of Mesopotamia, with two great rivers, Tigris and EuphratesIran—Zagros Mountains, Elburz Mountains, and Kopet-Dag Mountains, Great Salt DesertPersian Gulf – countries of this region form a semi-circle around this Gulf
4Effects of physical geography on climates and biomes: Section 1 Physical GeographyEffects of physical geography on climates and biomes:Mountains provide water to valleys below by blocking moist winds and causing rain.Saudi Arabian lowlands are hot but humid, due to nearby sea.Higher elevations have cooler temperatures.Trees are common only in mountains.
5Key natural resources in the region are oil and water. Section 1 Physical GeographyKey natural resources in the region are oil and water.Water, a scarce resource:Tigris and Euphrates are critical to Iraq.Farmers in northern Iran depend on rain; others rely on irrigation.Desert areas may have oases (oasis – wet fertile area in a desert that forms underground water and bubbles to the surface) and wells (Groundwater in wells is often fossil water).Fossil Water – water that is not being replaced by rainfallDesalinization of seawater is possible for wealthy countries.
6Key natural resources in the region are oil and water. (continued) Section 1 Physical GeographyKey natural resources in the region are oil and water. (continued)Oil, plentiful and valuable:Persian Gulf oil reserves (amount of oil the country has) are the world’s largest.Oil exports bring great wealth to the countries that have oil fields.Most of the oil reserves are located near the shores of the Persian Gulf
7Objectives: Section 2 History and Culture How have peoples, empires, and Islam affected the history of the Persian Gulf area and interior Southwest Asia?What are the major features of the region’s cultures?
8Various peoples and empires have shaped the region’s history. Section 2 History and CultureVarious peoples and empires have shaped the region’s history.Sumerians built the first civilization and cities in the Fertile Crescent.Akkadians created the first real empire in the area, around 2350 B.C.Persians established a powerful empire around 550 B.C.Greeks and Romans arrived later.
9Section 2 History and Culture Various peoples and empires have shaped the region’s history. (continued)The rise of Islam had a major impact, beginning in the late A.D. 500s.Mongols arrived in the 1200s.Safavid Persians built a flourishing empire in the 1500s.Ottoman Turks also ruled the region in the 1500s.
10Cultural features: Section 2 History and Culture Islam is the unifying element.Arabs are the major group in the region; Arabic is the main language.Kurds live in borderlands of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.Cultural diversity is more complex in Iran and Afghanistan.Most Iranians are Persians; other groups include Baloch, Bakhtiari, and Hazara.Pashtun are the largest group in Afghanistan.
11Objectives: Section 3 The Region Today On what activities do the region’s economies depend?What are the region’s cities like?What are some important issues in the region today?
12Economic activities: Section 3 The Region Today oil and gas production—key activityagriculture—mainly subsistence, some commercialnomadic herdingtraditional craftslimited manufacturing
13Urban environments: Section 3 The Region Today ancient cities old sections—twisting streets, bazaars, mosquesnewer sections—modern buildings, wide avenues, traffic
14Important issues: Section 3 The Region Today oil wealth—how used power and authority—democracy versus control by a fewrole of Islam—maintenance of Islamic traditions and laws