All Notes for GEOG 2253


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Unformatted text preview: divided Communism & Capitalism Capitalists—Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong Communists—China and North Korea Relations between North & South Korea still hostile Korean war between 1950­1953 1953 ceasefire agreement but constant tension Controversy over political status of Taiwan (ROC) Mainland China (PRC) refutes Taiwan’s sovereignty East Asia’s Physical Geography— Majority of East Asia is in the same latitude range as the US 4 seasons Northern China similar to south­central Canada Southern China similar to the Caribbean Japan subtropical to subarctic Environmental Geography— East Asia’s environmental problems severe because of: Large population Rapid industrialization Unique physical geography China— Little conservation of forests 20% forest cover Gobi Desert expanding 30% land area is desert Cultivation on hillsides for hundreds of years Importing lumber, paper, pulp Water & pollution, toxic waste dumping 16 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities Japan— 1960s & 1970s suffered from air & water pollution Invested considerably in environmental protection Public transport faster than private cars Strict environmental laws Smog carried out to sea, favorable location Pollution exporting—dirty factories relocated China’s Yangtze River is an important physical feature of East Asia—3 rd largest in the world Enters sea in large delta near Shanghai Historically the main transportation into china Three Gorges Controversy— (video) $39 billion structure is the largest hydroelectric dam in the world Built for 2 main reasons— Prevent flooding Generate electricity Problems— Flooded cultural and archeological sites Displaced over 1 million people Threatens several endangered species (river dolphin) 3/4/13 Population and Settlement— One of the most densely populated regions of the world (East Asia and South Asia) High rates of urbanization Growth rate has declined dramatically since the 1970s Population densities— Jap...
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2014 for the course GEOG 2253 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Oklahoma State.

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