East Asia 1 - 12/16/2009 Two dominant nations: China and...

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12/16/2009 1 Two dominant nations: China and Japan The Pacific Rim “Economic Dragons”: South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong (part of the PRC) A throwback to Stalinism: North Korea Topography - China: mountain barriers around the periphery - Western & northern China: deserts (Takla Makan, Gobi) - Japan: generally mountainous Pacific Rim: the “Ring of Fire”, 3 tectonic plates, significant tectonic and volcanic activity
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12/16/2009 3 Climate - Generally temperate - Monsoon influences: eastern China, Japan - China: important similarities with the United States - Western China: highlands, mid-latitude desert - Eastern China: a latitudinal zonation of climatic patterns
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12/16/2009 4 Population - World’s largest & most populous cluster - Almost 1.5 billion in total - Two distinct concentrations – China, Japan China - Eastern ½ of China – “Wet China”, over 1 billion
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2010 for the course GEOG 213 taught by Professor Slezak during the Winter '09 term at University of Calgary.

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