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SOUTHWEST ASIA SOUTHWEST ASIA
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Location in the World Location in the World Middle East: Eurocentric term for  eastern Mediterranean; commonly  used Islamic World: implies unity of  believers Also ignores non-Muslims Arab: refers to ethnicity Muslim: refers to believer in Islam
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Southwest Asia: Landform Southwest Asia: Landform Landforms Some mountains induce orographic effect Mountains of southwest Arabia Anatolian highlands of Turkey African and Arabian plates moving apart,  creating rift (Red Sea) Major deserts:  Rub’al Khali Three major rivers:  Tigris, Euphrates Numerous wadis (seasonal rivers)
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Southwest Asia: Climate Southwest Asia: Climate Driest region in world Global belt of dry air between 20-30  degrees north latitude Even in desert, people survive in  oases On margins of deserts, enough  rain for limited agriculture, herding
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