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AAS 351 LEC 1 Geog Overview

AAS 351 LEC 1 Geog Overview - Topographic Elevations...

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Historical Geography An Overview
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Mountains West-to-East Extensions from Tibet Yanshan  (N of BJG): N China from Mong steppe Qinling  (N Central): Wei R (Shaanxi) from Sichuan basin Nanling  (South): Sep Guangdong/Guangxi basin NE-SW Upfolds (Anticlines) Taihang : N China lowlands from NW loess highlands C China Yangzi Gorges (Upp v Midd Yang) Fujian to Korea (submerged off-shore)
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NANLING PAMIR Mtns.
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Macro-Regions Natural Physiological Units NOT political provinces or regions Core  = central internal river system – Most arable land best water resources Periphery  = mountain barriers that determine drainage  flows Not absolute barriers, but incentives for clustering  within, interact via river 3 Bands: North, Center, South NWC - NC - Manchuria UY - MY - LY Yungui - Lingnan - SEC
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Unformatted text preview: Topographic Elevations China’s Landforms: – 33% mountains – 26% plateau – 19% basin – 12% plains – 10% low hills • Flat Terrain Highly Valued ! WARM & WET COLD & DRY Mean January Temperatures Mean July Temperatures Rivers • 2 Great River Systems – generally flow West East • Yellow River (Huang He ) • 4 seasons; Semi-arid • Dry field agriculture; coarse grains • Yangzi River (Chang Jiang ) • Middle reaches lowlying lakeland catchment area • Marshes/lakes (Hubei/Hunan) • No harsh winters; 3 growing seasons • Humid, Subtropical, Monsoon • Irrigated Rice agriculture Ordos Desert Major Cities Yan’an Ruijin Arable Land Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Population Density Aihui - Tengchong Line Language Groups Major Ethnic Groups...
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