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world geography final exam

world geography final exam


School: Mississippi State University
Department: Geography
Course: Intro World Geography
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: World Geography
Cost: 50
Description: Study Guide covers all information required for the test as well as video answers.
Uploaded: 11/30/2016
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what are the impact of colonial rule in india?

Study Guide Exam 4

South Asia 

● India’s History  

○ Colonial Rule’s impacts on India  

■ British colonialism is most of South Asia  

● Mid 1800s, East India Trade Company was established by  


○ Used to control South Asia through economy/trade of the  


■ Colonial rule drastically changed the landscape, both politically and  culturally

● Infrastructure (railroads, electricity, communication, etc.)

● Cultural Transmission between India and Great Britain

○ Democracy and English language in India; Tikka Masala 

in Great Britain

● British left India in 1947

○ Countries that became independent from India and why  

■ Pakistan and Bangladesh became independent from India in 1947

● Religious differences were the main cause for this separation  

what are the examples of infrastructure?

● Bangladesh was stateless until the 70s

○ Poorest country in the world

○ Plagued by natural disasters  

■ 8 of 10 largest natural disasters occur in  

Bangladesh (Sea Level)

● India Fun Facts and Economy

○ Fun Facts

■ 1.2 billion people in 28 states, 6 territories, and 1 capital district

■ Largest democracy by population in the world

■ Hindi in the north, English speaking in the south

■ West India is richer, East India is poorer  

■ >70% of the population is rural; mostly farmers  

● Rice, millet, and wheat are the largest crops in India

● Only 29% of the population lives within an urban area

○ India’s Economy

■ Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi/New Delhi, Bangalore

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● Kolkata is the steel manufacturing center  

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● Bangalore is the largest IT hub in India (lots of US outsourcing)

■ Other parts of India are not so productive due to education and poverty ● Rural/poor areas hamper the overall economy of India

○ Hence India does not have an overpopulation problem  

(i.e. China) but an education/economic problem

● A large majority of the Indian population is young


○ As the young generations age, the working population will  


■ Economic growth  

● Social issues of South Asia

○ Male dominated society:

■ Huge wealth disparity between men and women

■ Most landowners are men who inherit money/business

○ Dowry: 

■ “Property or money brought by a bride to her husband on their marriage” ■ Dowry Deaths: women who are murdered or driven to suicide by  

continuous harassment and torture by husbands and in-laws for an  

increased dowry

○ Marriages are often organized when women are teenagers

○ Malaria and clean water is a very big issue  

■ Clean water for both bathing and drinking

● “Indo-China”

○ Main countries

■ Cambodia - Khmer Rouge regime

■ Laos

■ Vietnam - War with US

■ Thailand

■ Burma (Britain)

○ Historical and Cultural Influencers  

■ Established by France when they invaded SE Asia in the mid-1800s

■ Defined culturally by influence from China and India 

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○ Main Islands:

■ Borneo

● Large forests (lots of biodiversity)

○ Kamado dragon

■ Java

● Large populous island, fertile soil

■ Papua

● Deforestation issues

■ Sumatra

● Largest of the Indonesian islands spatially

East Asia  

● Fun Facts  

○ Contains 20% of the world’s population

■ >1.5 billion people  

○ China’s climate controls the population

■ Water and soil in the east

■ Dry and infertile in the west

○ Massive increase in economic power over the last 30-40 years


■ Particularly China

○ Capital punishment is very common  

■ Execute 4 times the amount of people than anywhere else in the world ○ Facebook, Twitter, and the New York Times are blocked in China

■ Autocratic dictatorship 

○ China has 1 time zone 

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○ Great Wall of China

■ The largest structure ever built by humans  

■ Over 13000 miles  

○ Gobi Desert

■ Hot in the summer, cold/icy in winter

○ Japan has ca 6800 islands

■ Archipelago 

○ Japan has the oldest population

■ 50,000 people over 100 years old 

○ There are more sheep in Mongolia than people (35 to 1)

○ Superstition in South Korea

■ Writing your name in red ink, electric fans, and the number 4 are all bad  luck

○ North Korea has the 4th largest military in the world with 1.2 million people ● Geologic Processes affecting the area  

○ Japan impacted by the Ring of Fire 

■ 2011 earthquake and Tsunami, due to colliding plates

○ Tsunami: Japanese for “harbor wave” 

■ Caused by lifting/sinking of tectonic plates

○ Southwest China impacted by the Himalayas 

■ Converging plates

■ Non-Volcanic

■ Mountains grow 1 cm per year (tallest mountain in the world- Mount  Everest 29,029 ft.)

■ Ice melt is major source of water for India, Nepal, China

● Definitions: Tsunami, sinophone, logographic language, extraterritoriality, cult of  personality, archipelago, autocratic government  

○ Tsunami: Japanese for “harbor wave” 

○ Sinophone, or widespread “Chinese-speaking” peoples

■ Huge influence in this area

○ Language is based in symbols or glyphs not an alphabet

■ Logographic language: one symbol may represent a word or statement ■ Very complex with many dialects

■ Mandarin is the most widespread

○ Extraterritoriality: “the state of being exempted from the jurisdiction of local law,  usually as a result of diplomatic negotiations”


○ Cult of Personality: when an individual uses mass media, propaganda, or other  methods to create an idealized, heroic, and worshipful image  

○ Archipelago: a group of islands, a sea or stretch of water containing many  islands

○ Autocratic government: supreme power is concentrated in the hands of one  person, whose decisions are subject to neither external legal restraints nor  regularized mechanisms of popular control

● 4 Major Rivers and the fun facts about them

○ 1. Huang He (Yellow) 

■ Beijing is located along this river

○ 2. Yangzi (Long) 

■ Shanghai is located along this river

○ 3. Xi (Pearl) 

■ Hong Kong/ Macau

■ Shenzhen (fastest growing city in history)

○ 4. Liao (Mother) 

■ Gobi Desert is the headwater (big for mining)

● Population and economy  

○ More people live in the east than west

■ 1. China: 1.3 billion 

■ 2. Japan: 127 million

■ 3. South Korea: 56 million

■ 4. North Korea: 24 million

■ 5. Taiwan: 23 million

■ 6. Mongolia: 2.9 million

○ Population  

■ Japan exports mostly technology based equipment

● Machinery, textiles, automobiles (Honda, Nissan, etc.)

■ China contains 95% of the rare-earth minerals

● Due to the country’s size and recent exploitation (Industrial  

revolution not that long ago…)

● Regions of East Asia and the fun facts about them

○ China’s Coastal Core 

■ economic center of the country

■ Huge population centers

○ China’s Interior 

■ North: mining

■ Central: oil/coal production

○ China’s Western Periphery 

■ Very rural

○ Mongolia 

■ Size of Alaska but only 3 million people

○ The Korean Peninsula 

■ Size of Idaho 72.3 million people


○ Japan 

■ Mostly urban population

○ Taiwan 

■ An island democracy

● Religious cultures of East Asia  

○ Religion: Confucian, Shinto, Taoism, and Buddhism

■ Also complex...many sects, beliefs

■ Tao: “Flow of the universe, energy, and nature”

■ Taoism is trusting your instincts

● Ancient China  

○ (DO need to know what ALL of the important Dynasties mentioned did or  contributed to China.)

■ Rice was domesticated some ca 10,000 years ago

● Neolithic

● 1st to selectively breed plants (botanical engineers)

■ Very Complex, advanced culture (established before Greek and Rome) ● Yangzhou (6000 BCE) the silkworm

● Hongshan (4500 BCE) jade jewelry

● Lingzhu (3500 BCE) ivory, lacquering, gold inlay, paintings,  

ornate pots and dishes, etc.

■ Japan state formation began around 660 BCE, borrowed concepts from  China

■ Confucianism originated in China and spread to Korea/Japan (still exists  today)

● Confucius was a philosopher who lived from 551 BC to 479 BC

● Human virtues not godly connections should determine a  

person’s place in society

● Major cultural influence: rudeness is extremely bad in Japan

○ Dynasties of Japan

■ Dynasty: a line of rulers from the same family usually in the context of  feudal or monarchical system

■ 26 Dynasties over 5000 to 6000 years

■ Xia dynasty (2200-1700 BCE)

● Founded the first advanced civilization

■ Shang dynasty (1200-1050 BCE)

● Established the basis for the current day Chinese language

■ Zhou dynasty (100-250 BCE)

● Buddhism came to China during this time

● Theocracy (priests rule in the name of a god)

■ Manchu dynasty (1636-1911)

● Greatest extent of the Chinese empire

● Fell to the Japanese (WWI)

● Great Wall of China and the Silk Road  

○ Great Wall


■ Can be seen from space

■ 13,171 miles long (northern portion of country)’

● Earth is 24,901 miles long (53% of the earth’s circumference)

■ The largest human construction in history 

■ The wall had many purposes: 

● Border control (unwanted immigration)

● Collection of taxes (tolls)

● Transport goods via the silk road

● Defense (Mongol invasion, Genghis Khan)

○ Silk Road  

■ Major transportation route for goods, cultural transmissions,  religions, and even disease

■ Marco Polo traveled this route as the first European to travel east ● Boxer Rebellion  

○ Basics- What caused it and who led it?  

■ Extraterritoriality: (“the state of being exempted from the jurisdiction of  local law, usually as a result of diplomatic negotiations”) Caused the  

Boxer Rebellion in 1900

■ Rebellion against western and Japanese control in China

■ Rebels led by the secret Society of the Righteous and Harmonious  Fists

■ “Diplomatic immunity”

● China

○ Fun Facts

■ In 2016, China is still the 2nd largest economy in the world (US #1,  Japan #3)

● Foreign investment is attracted because of low wages and high  skills market 

■ Complex government structure

● 22 Provinces 

○ Small in the east, and large in the west (less people)

○ Each with own governing body

■ Population issues

● Overpopulation: 

○ For most of the 20th Century, population grew 3% per year

● Population control: 

○ Government realized in order to grow economically, the  

population needed to be “controlled”

■ As of 2010, growth is down to 0.05%  

■ There is now a majority elder population (people  

under 30 are the minority)

■ One-child policy: OVERTURNED 2015 (2  


○ Military


■ People’s Liberation Army (PLA)

■ Ca 2,285,000 members (another 2.3 million is in reserve)

● Compared to USA’s 1.4 million

■ World’s largest standing military  

■ Service is based entirely on volunteers, not conscription or drafting ● Japan

○ Fun Facts/Ancient practices

■ 5 main islands (archipelago):

● Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Okinawa

● Tokyo and Osaka are on Honshu 

■ Known as the “land of the rising sun” (see flag)

■ National symbol: Chrysanthemum 

■ Practiced Isolationism for a long time

● 700 AD-1900s

● Foreigners were not allowed in … Japanese were not allowed to  

travel outside

○ This is why Japan is ethnically and culturally  

homogenous (>99% ethnic Japanese)

■ Isolationism was replaced with Imperialism 

● Early 1900s, Japan started to expand in the Pacific, China, and  

Eastern Russia

■ The Meiji Restoration 

● Modernization

● Acceptance of western culture

● Relocated the Capital:

○ From Kyoto to Edo (Now called Tokyo)

○ How it is today  

■ After WWII US forced Japan to:

● Adopt a new constitution

● Drastically reduce spending on its military

● Accept a permanent US military base on its soil

■ These acts allowed Japan to focus on its economy 

● Made things better and cheaper than anyone else

● Electronics (Sony, Nintendo, Panasonic, Toshiba, Hitachi, etc.)

● Automobiles beat out the US in the 1980s (Toyota, Nissan, and  


■ Japan is the 3rd largest economy in the world

■ 4 other nations followed the Japanese model, referred to as “4 Asian  Tigers”

● Includes: Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore

■ Japanese Population

● Adult literacy rate 99%

● Life expectancy: 79 (male) 86 (female)

● 80% urban population


○ >50% of these live in 3 major urban areas: Nagoya,  

Tokyo, and Osaka

■ As a result, the cost of living is extremely high

■ Tokyo is considered the most expensive city in the world

○ Culture

■ Japanese society is group oriented 

● Loyalty to the group and superiors takes precedent over personal  


■ Important tenants: honor, patience, respect, and politeness

■ Uniformity in appearance: is a Japanese characteristic

● Businessmen wearing black pants, white shirt, and tie are very  


● In general, students wear uniforms in school

■ Outside of school, youth wear the latest American and European fashions ■ Tokyo and Osaka: Cultural Centers of Japan

● Culturally distinct: 

○ Osaka: more laid back, service industry, informal etiquette,  


○ Tokyo: business oriented, formal, “upper-class”

○ Rivalry dates back hundreds of years, when each was its  

own territory

● Fun Country Facts  

○ Taiwan

■ Called the “Republic of China”

■ A democracy, not communistic

● Supported by the US both economically and militarily  

■ 125 miles off the mainland  

■ Both PRC and ROC are connected economically  

● Both do business in each other’s country

■ Imports raw materials: cotton, oil, aluminum, iron

■ Exports finished goods: computers, textiles, telecom equipment, GPS,  satellites

● Lots of tech

○ Tibet

■ Complex dynamic with China

● Independent from China for years, but “taken over” in the 1950s  

by China

○ Annexation: the forcible acquisition of a state’s territory by  

another state

● Tibetan society: Buddhist monasteries and the Dalai Lama 

● China removed the monks in Tibet and forced the western  

Chinese to move into Tibet, replacing the Tibetan way of life

● Assimilation: 

○ ROC has called for the re-establishment of Tibet


○ PRC won’t allow independence

■ Stateless population of 3 million people led by the Dalai Lama ● Seeking support for independence

○ Mongolia

■ Land-locked nation dominated by steppe and desert landscapes ● Mostly 800,000 nomads 

■ Home of Genghis Khan 

■ Considered a buffer state between 2 large superpower interests ● Russia & China

■ Has a huge potential in the mining industry 

● Gold, copper, coal have been found by Chinese and Russian  inverters

● Doesn’t currently have the infrastructure to exploit

○ North Korea

■ Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)

● “Democratic” is used rather loosely…

○ Kim family has been in power for years

○ Really is a single-party autocracy 

● Kim Jong Un (31 years old) took office in 2011 after the death of  his father

● Cult of Personality: when an individual uses mass media,  

propaganda, or other methods to create an idealized, heroic, and  worshipful image

■ 7 Decades of very strict governance has caused the country many  issues

● Famine, poor population

● Very isolated internationally

○ Not much is known about North Korea

● Prison camps: those who do not respect government rule

■ Population is divided upon status and compassion towards the  government

● If so, more food and power - if not, bad things happen…

■ A nuclear power

● Why the US gives so much aid to South Korea

○ South Korea

■ Republic of Korea 

● 50 million people

● Capital: Seoul 

● Most secularized country (>50% don’t practice religion)

■ Split due to the removal of Japan after WWII

■ Has woman president (Park Geun-hye)

● 2nd highest standard of living in Asia

● 17 Provinces


● Heavily protected by the US and NATO

○ Dynamic with North Korea

■ Exports drive the economy

● Electronic integrated circuits make up 8% of exports

● Cruise ship manufacturing is a large here as well (9%)

● Automatic producers: Kia, Hyundai, Daewoo  

● Overfishing in East Asia – Two offenders and how they are contributing  ○ Japan and China are the biggest offenders 

■ Japan

● Mainly exploiting the bluefish tuna crop

● Tuna very important to Japanese culture

● As sushi spreads, problem compounded

■ China

● Shark-fin soup 

● Cultural tension: tradition vs. sustainability

● Very wasteful (irony: odds with Chinese culinary tradition)

● Inhumane process “shark finning”

● Years of Living Dangerously video questions

○ 1. What litters Indonesia’s forest floor?  

■ Peat  

○ 2. What is in Peat?  

■ Decaying vegetation on the forest floor that has absorbed a lot of carbon  dioxide.  

○ 3. What are the 4 natural causes for climate variability?  

■ a. Natural Cycles  

■ b. The sun  

■ c. Geologic processes such as volcanic eruptions and ice ages  

■ d. Orbital Cycles  

○ 4. Is the National Park of Indonesia being policed?  

■ No  

○ 5. What creates black soil?  

■ Burning of the forests.  

○ 6. What did the Syrian commander say about the revolution?  

■ Revolution for freedom and a revolution of the hungry.


● Ancient Australia

○ Colonized by the Dutch, Spanish, Portugal until 1616

■ Known as New Holland

○ 1770: Great Britain claimed ownership

■ Named it New South Wales 

■ Initially used as a mining outpost and a prison colony 

● Essentially where England sent its riff-raff

○ 1901: Gained “independence” from Britain, becoming known as the  

Commonwealth of Australia


○ Commonwealth of Australia

■ Established as a constitutional monarchy

● ‘Constitutional’: established with a written constitution

● “Monarchy’: head of state was Queen Victoria

■ Considered a federation

● Powers were divided between a central government and several  

regional governments

● In Australia, power is divided between the federal govt and the  

govts of the 6 colonies (states)

● Australia’s Regions  

○ 6 states: 

■ Victoria

■ Western Australia

■ Queensland

■ South Australia

■ New South Wales

■ Tasmania

○ o 2 territories 

■ Australian Capital Territory

■ Northern Territory

● Fun Facts  

○ 6th largest country

○ Its own continent, a country, and an island

■ Only country in the world to occupy the entire continent

○ Capital: Canberra

■ Why? Because Sydney and Melbourne couldn’t stop arguing where the  capital should be

○ Nearly 20% of the land is occupied by deserts

○ Largest Greek population outside of Athens, Greece, located in Melbourne,  Victoria.  

○ >80% of the population live within 100KM of the coast

■ One of the world’s most urbanized coastal dwelling populations

○ Situated between Indian and Pacific Oceans

○ Has 3 island territories in the Pacific:

■ Norfolk Island

Christmas Island

■ Cocos Islands

○ In 1902, it became the 2nd country I the world to grant women the right to vote ○ In 2012, it was the most obese country in the world with 26% obesity rate,  despite being a sport-loving nation

■ Known as the sports capital of the world

○ Ugg boots

■ Called “very ugly boots” by locals, are an Australian design where a  sheepskin has been turned inside-out and turned into a boot


● Biodiversity  

○ Outback and Very Diverse wildlife

■ Vegetation covers 90% of the continent

● Great Barrier Reef

○ What is it?  

■ Largest living structure on earth

■ Over 2000 km long stretching from Queensland into the Pacific Ocean ■ Became a National Park in 1975

■ About 500,000 years old

○ What’s causing its death?  

■ Coral Bleaching

● Color has gone from coral

● Algae gives color

○ Warm temperatures cause algae to leave and the color  

leaves and the coral die

○ Can take decades to bounce back, if they ever do

○ Warming of ocean waters lowers pH, raising the  

acidity, killing the reef

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