Desert life in the middle east

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Desert life in the middle east

  1. 1. Describe how the deserts and rivers of Southwest Asia have affected the population in terms of where people live, the type of work they do, and how they travel. SS7G7
  2. 2.      Euphrates river system-runs through Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Kuwait Tigris river system- runs through Turkey, Iraq, and Kuwait Jordan river system- forms part of the border for Syria, Jordan, and the West Bank and Israel The above river systems are very important to people in the Middle East because they are sources of water for drinking and irrigation, and also routes of transportation. Why are major cities found near the above rivers? Water=Life=Cities=Jobs
  3. 3. Southwest Asia has two large desert areas: Syrian Desert- shared by Syria and Iraq Rub al-Khali or “empty Quarter”- in southern Saudi Arabia Both deserts have served as large barriers to invasion throughout history. Bedouins- people who have adapted to live in the deserts of Southwest Asia by living in tent camps, herding sheep and camel, and trading goods or animals to survive. 
  4. 4.   Most countries in Southwest Asia have a very hot and dry climate. In the Middle East water sources such as the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea are blocked by mountain ranges, which makes the interior of Southwest Asia very desert like.
  5. 5.     Three continents Africa, Asia, and Europe surround Southwest Asia (Middle East) The region has always played a major role in trading around the world People trade by caravans and ships The Suez Canal is an important trade route located in Egypt that allows for ships to move from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea or Indian Ocean
  6. 6. 1. Many of the largest cities in Southwest Asia are located on or near a. Deserts b. Major rivers c. Large grasslands d. Mountain ranges
  7. 7. 2. The Bedouins are Southwest Asians who have traditionally lived in and around a. Oil fields b. Urban areas c. Major deserts d. Large river systems
  8. 8. 3. People living in the deserts in Southwest Asia have usually made their living by a. Farming b. Mining or hired labor c. Working in the oil industry d. Trading animals and handmade goods
  9. 9. 4. Which describes the climate of much of Southwest Asia? a. Hot and dry b. Windy and cold c. Tropical and rainy d. Moderate and cool
  10. 10. 5. Because mountains block winds coming from the oceans, much of the interior of Southwest Asia is a. Desert b. Grasslands c. Inland lakes d. Rich farming areas
  11. 11. 6. Which do Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Kuwait share? a. Tigris river b. Jordan river c. Euphrates river d. Afghanistan river

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