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Intro to World Geo. Test Two Study Guide

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Intro to World Geo. Test Two Study Guide GR 1123

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Test Two Study Guide , Test March 10 2016 Good Luck!  South America  Fun Facts about South America o Contains 12 states o Mountains in the west; Amazon Basin in the East o Most of the continent's population lives in Brazil o Most of the populace lives on the coasts o Contains the world's highest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela (over 3200 ft) o South America is the 4th largest continent by landmass o More than 20% of Earth's Oxygen is produced in South America (rainforests) o Brazil has won more world cups than any other country in the world o 51% of the SA population speaks Portuguese o Rich in natural resources  Gold, timber, water, oil  Physical geography o Longest continent from North to South  4750 miles long  Chile is 90 miles wide but 2500 miles long  Brazil is the fifth biggest country in the world o The size of the SA allows it to have a wide variety of climates and vegetation  Mostly tropical rainforests  Argentina is one of the most diverse with 5 different climate zones.  Physical Regions o Andes Mountains  The world longest mountain chain  23000 ft high; 4300 miles long  Rocky mountains are only 3000 miles long o Amazon Basin  2nd longest river in the world  Mostly located in brazil o Brazilian Highlands  Comprises of several small mountain ranges o Pampas  The "Great Plains" of SA, mostly in Argentina  Combination of several cultures o Most were well established by year 1000 o Predominately lived in areas called altiplanos  Capitol: Cusco, Peru  Very advanced for the times o Built huge buildings, roads, bridges in the mountains o Practiced surgery, and were great military strategists o Terracing o Known for potatoes and how to freeze dry and store meat  Mit'a o Mining, building bridges, building homes for the nobles, temples, helping with various fields  Emperors fields, wore their best clothing, sang song praising the Inca  People's fields were taken care of first'  The widows, the handicap and the sick  Tin  Spanish Conquest o Led by Conquestador Francisco Pizarro o In 1531 Spanish arrived and enslaved the Incan Empire  Used the existing empire for their benefit  Forced the Incan people into mining silver  Land Alienation o Hidden Civilization: Machu Picchu o Silver mining created huge wealth for the spanish  Spread their colonies to Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay  Potosi o Meanwhile the Portuguese took over the indigenous populations in Brazil o 90% of the indigenous population died of disease and dangerous working conditions  Formation of Vice Royalty o Vice - Latin for "in the place of" o Roi - French for "king" o Formed to help the Crown control populations in territories around the globe: o 3 Spanish viceroys established in South America  Peru (1542-1824)  Richest area.  All of SA except for Brazil  Nueva Granada (1717-1819)  Bogotá  Present day Columbia  Ecuador  Panama  Venezuela  La Plata (1776-1814)  Buenos Aires  Argentina  Uruguay  Paraguay  Bolivia  Independence from Europe 1800s-1900s o Spurred by the American and French Revolutions  Made Spain nervous o Spain relinquished some claims in SA choosing to focus on Spain mainland  Argentina 1816  Chile 1818  Peru 1821 o Simon Bolivar "the great El Libertador", helped free other states:  Venezuela  New Granada (columbia)  Ecuador  Bolivia (named in his honor)  Other Independence o Brazil become independent in 1822 after Portugal was invaded by Napoleon o Uruguay from 1828 Brazil and Argentina o Guyana from the UK in 1966 o Suriname from the Dutch in 1975 o French Guiana currently remains under French Control  Second largest French area  African Descendants o Sugar was the huge crop of Brazil o Unlike the Spanish, Portugal had no slave population to help with plantation work, mining o Half of all slaves brought to the Americas ended up in Brazil o 198 million Africans live in Brazil today  South American Union o UNASUR- Union of South American Nations  2008  Trying to establish a single currency  Shared defense (armies, navy's, air forces)  Easier passport passage for members  Build better infrastructure (highways, high speed rail, canal system) o Not quite effective….  Political posturing  Fight of control of resources  Some countries not interested  South American Economic Geography o Brazil has the most influence o Argentina o Chile, Guyana, Peru SILVER o 1st - agriculture  Sugar, soy bean, coffee o 2nd- manufacturing  Chemicals, electronics, textiles, biofuels o 3rd- oil production  Brazil and Venezuela o Unevenly developed  Only contained to brazil, Chile, and Argentina's urban areas (coasts) o Political instability for most countries  Mercosur - the "southern common marker" o Purpose is to promote free trade and the fluid movement of goods, people, and currency o Economic bloc containing Member States and Associate States o FULL MEMBERS: Brazil, argentina, urguay, paraguya, and venezuela o Mexico and New Zealand observe these rights even though they are not a part of South America  SA Urbanization o City populations have grown steadily since 1950 o >80% of the populations in urban  And growing fast o Cities provide opportunities  Increased chance of making more money  Receive better education for their children  More "things" to do  SA Urbanized population o Megacites:  Cities that contain more than 10 million people  Bogata, Lima, Santiago 10 MILLION  Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo (largest), Buenos Aires >23 MILLION PEOPLE  Poverty in SA  Disparity of Rich and Poor  Favelas  Slums around big cities  Problems in SA  Disparity of rich and poor  Slums produce crime and disease  Very high levels of corruption  Columbia: drug trade  Venezuela murder rate is ten times higher than the US  Coco leaves are used to make cocaine but also used as a medicinal herb  In addition to silver and gold can also get gemstones and iron from Mining in SA  Human Geographic regions in SA  The caribbean North  The andean west  The southern cone  Brazil  The caribbean north region  Platation type lifestyle with european influence in guyana, suriname, and french guiana  Population mostly along the coast  Columbia and venezuela rich in farming, ranching, and mining  Population is somewhat inland than on the coast  Columbia  Population tends to congregate in the andean mountains a d in the north interior  Coffee is the largest export  Narcotics are next; 70% of the us cocaine comes from columbia  Cartels influence the political system, army and police  Fight for control of the trade, network and growing of coca plants  Almost overthrew the government in 1999  In some cases cartels have their own army to fight the state and police  Insurgent states  Several stages:  Contention: a rebellion forms and sustains itself within the countries boarders  Equilibrium: forms territories within the country  At this stage insurgent state is established in which the secede or bring down the government  Counteroffensive: legitimate state or country tries to take back control of insurgent area  Sometimes outside help  Failed State  Measured on a spectrum (failed state index, FSI)  A product of  Social indicators  Refugees, boarder disputes, large vengeance seeking group  Economic indicators  Uneven economic development, group based poverty or inequality  Sharp and or sever economic decline  Political factors  Criminalization of government officials  Public services deteriorate  Widespread human rights violations  Venezuela o 29.7 million people live in Venezuela  Mostly in the highlands (close to the resources)  Farming and cattle grazing o Contains the world largest water fall (Angel Falls) o 2 main resource areas:  Guiana Highlands  Maracaibo lowlands o Largely Spanish decent and Catholic o Poor economy in the 1990s  Value of the Venezuelan dollar devalued and social unrest o In 1998, Hugo Chavez rose to power in 1998  Re-wrote the constitution (focused on social and economic equality)  Tension with the United States  In 2007, formed United Socialist Party of Venezuela  Remained neutral in the drug wars  Traded with Cuba  Threatened to stop commerce with US  Died of Cancer in 2012 o Future of the country is unknown at the moment  French Guiana o Still under French control o Official Oversees French Department  Currency…. o Economy  Not much agriculture..  Exports gold and seafood  Space industry is big  Guiana space centre  The Andean West Region o Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay o Most of the Amerindian population is located here today o Rich with untapped resources (oil, minerals)  Peru o Along 1000 miles of SA west coast  Geography defined by 3 zones… o 30.4 million people o Desert Coast  City of Lima  40 oases which produce citrus, olives and vegetables  Has a climate very similar to Greece o Sierra (Andes Mountains)  Contains remnants of the Incan culture (Quechua)  Very poor population, mostly mine workers  Produces 20% of the worlds gold  Also copper, zinc and lead o Selva (Amazon rainforest)  Contains the city of Iquitos  Iquitos can only be reached by traversing the 2300 mile Amazon River  Ecuador o Situated directly over the equator (hence the name) o 14.7 million people  Most live in the fertile valleys along the Pacific Coast o Leading export is oil and seafood  Bananas, cattle and coffee to be grown  "Isolas de Galapagos" o Annexed by Ecuador in 1832 o Very interesting biodiversity o Visited by Charles Darwin in 1835, while sailing on the H.M.S. Beagle o Species adaptation on the different islands  Bolivia o Large Amerindian population o Country is divided currently (insurgent state)  Spanish (east) vs. Amerindians (west)  Clash of culture and fight for power o 60% speak Spanish  No official language  90% illiteracy state  Read Paraguay in book. NO SLIDE.  The Southern Cone o Comprised of 3 countries  Argentina  Chile  Uruguay o Tied to together through trade  Mercosur o Physically diverse  Mountains west/ pampas East  Argentina o Second in area next to brazil o 41.3 Million People  Third after Brazil and Columbia o Has a large flat grassland area called the Pampas  Used for farming, cattle production, mostly for Europe o Mostly Spanish, heavily influenced by Italians and Germans o 91% of the country's population lives in an urban environment  Chile o The longest N-S country in the world  Along the Andes Mountains o Mining is huge  Copper o Exports lots of vegetables to the US o Lots of earthquakes (ring of fire)  Bric/Brick/Brick's Countries o An acronym based on the letter of each country  Brazil  Russia  India  China  (Kenya)  (South Africa) o Emerging economies  These countries are growing exponentially at the moment o Indicated by:  Growing middle class  Science research hubs (well-educated population)  Huge populations (tons of workers) (COULD NOT BE AN INDICATOR BY ITSELF)  Brazil o Powerhouse of South America  In resources, people and geographic area o Rich in farmland, tropical rainforest, untapped resources o 200 million people, diverse populace  Speak Portuguese and largely influenced by Europe and Africa  Heavily mixed population (moderate race relations)  13 cities over 1 million people  Catholicism prevalent (70% of the population) o Brazil comes from the Portuguese/Amerindian word "pau-brasil" which means brazil wood  Lots of wood exports… o Soccer is the national sport; 2016 Olympics  Brazil Economy o Economy has done well since adopting Democracy in 1989 o Common exports:  Agriculture: coffee, soybeans, wheat, rice, corn, sugarcane, cocoa, citrus and beef  Mining: iron, oil, natural gas, gold  Manufacturing, airplanes, bio-fuels, footwear/clothing, electrical equipment o Tourism is huge  Rainforest  Beaches  Video o Four things that help a city be successful while moving towards the future  A city of the future has to be environmentally friendly  Urban heat island: big cities, actually have a higher temperature than cities around them creating a microclimate  Can lower temp by using green space  A city of the future has to deal with mobility and integration of its people.  A city of the future has to be socially integrated  Brought in education, health care and built up the infrastructure  A city of the future has to be able to use technology.  Europe  Some interesting cultural differences o Cars are mostly manual transmission  US mostly Automatic  Smaller in Europe; huge in the US  Oil prices are much higher in Europe o Tips and taxes are already included in price (VAT)  In the US we pay tax on top of price  We pay a gratuity in addition to cost of service o Like to drink…. A lot  Booze, coffee, tea (not much water) o Europeans work less and have much more vacation***  Defined by law in some nations  4 weeks of vacation at the very least o Lunch is a big deal  Dinner not so much o Power outlets  Basic facts about Europe o Population of the continent  11% of the world o 42 countries in a very small area  Smallest continent by area o World war 2 massively changed the layout of Europe o Technically, Europe is a peninsula of Asia o Vast differences between East and West  Past Soviet States and Western Culture o Ukraine is the largest country in the area  Vatican City has the smallest area o Germany has the largest population o Highly urbanized Realm  75% of the population lives in an urban area  Complexity of Europe o Europe contains 5% of the worlds land but has 20% of the worlds countries o Nations were formed as a result of..  French Revelation  Romantic Nationalism (love of country)  Languages  Ethnicity and Race  Religion o Nationality:  Protects you legally internationally  Also makes you follow the laws of the state you are from  Automatically given when you are born o You can gain dual-nationality through marriage or by expatriation  Cultural Diversity o 49 different languages in 11 major Indo-European families o Mostly Christian roots (product of the Crusades)  Secularism is on the rise  Catholic and Protestant tension  Islam increasing in South Eastern Europe o Economic Disparity:  Rich are in the west; Poor in the east (Slavic Nations)  Economies in Europe o Poorest country in Europe is Moldova  Average income per citizen is $3500 per year  Communist economy  Former Soviet Territory  Entire economy is based on Agriculture  Land-locked o Richest country in Europe is Luxembourg  Average income per citizen is %109000  Small size in area and people = easier to manage  2/3 are mostly computer workers and foreign nations  Government is very stable  How is Europe Connected? o Economies and political networks  Complementarity: excess products and goods can be shared with others within the realm given the need  Coal in Britain for Cars in Germany  Norway Lumber, Greece Cotton  Transferability: very easy to move goods via transport networks and infrastructure  Small area (efficiency?)  Spatial Area of Europe o About 60% the size of the US o But contains twice the amount of people  Ca. 600 million citizens live in Europe  Maps of Europe o Surrounded by water (moderates climate)  Climate o Mostly mild climate  Decent precipitation all year round  Cool to cold winters  Warm to hot summers o Generally temperate forests  Both deciduous and Pine o Similar to most of the climate in the Eastern US  More Mediterranean climate in the south and gets colder as you go North.  The Gulf Stream o Moves heat from the tropics to the poles o Moves water from FL to Europe  Controls the European climate dramatically  Warms air above the water through conduction  Moderates climate o How we know it affects climate?  December average temp for London 42 degrees F.  Physical geographic regions of Europe o Central uplands  "the heart of Europe" o Alpine Mountains  Pyrenees to the Balkan Mountains  Includes most of the Mediterranean o Western uplands  Very old geologically o North European Lowlands  Culturally diverse and complex  Ancient History o After the last Ice age, people started to move into Europe  Predominately from Africa and Asia  Agriculture originated in Africa  As well as clearing the fields and introducing Carbon into the atmosphere  Ancient Europe o Neolithic  Simple stone tools, spears, fire, domestication of animals  10,000BCE o Copper age:  Simple shields, modest swords, axes, armor  5000BCE o Bronze age  Sailing, trade navigation, Stonehenge was built, writing developed  3000BCE o Iron age  Iron, the steel…  1200 BCE to AD  Greece o Rise of Science, Philosophy, Government, Art, formal writing/mathematics o Origins of Western Government  (Republic and Democracy) o City-state: A city that has its own government and which it controls the surrounding territory to form an independent state.  Past examples: Athens and Sparta  Current day examples: Washington D.C., Mexico City, Vatican City, Singapore o Major temple or shrine  Delphi  Olympia  Delos  MAJOR PART OF GREEK CULTURE o Military Strategy  Fighting formation called syntagma  Roman Empire o A majority of the Roman empire was the Mediterranean Sea at its height. o Created urban areas and trade routes  Aqueducts, roads, coliseum, buildings with plumbing, brick roads, standard currency  Allowed control over their lands and people  Vast infrastructure o Dominant language, LATIN, which majorly influenced culture, still to this day  e.g. "Romance languages"  "Dark" or "Middle" Ages o Tribes of German and Slavic people from Asia, the Middle East and Africa moved into Europe  Rise of Religion squashed science, the arts, philosophy…  Also includes the Crusades o Feudalist system  King  Tenants-in-chief  Knights (lords)  peasants  YouTube Video about the Dark Ages o The University o Modern Science o Architecture o Magnificent Art o Local self-government o Free associations of men o Chartered towns  The church v. Galileo o The church believed in Geocentricism (earth centered) o Galileo was a proponent of Heliocentrism(sun centered) o In 1633, was found "vehemently suspect of heresy" and convicted as a heratic.  During the trial, he was tortured to "abjure, curse and detest" his beliefs  He was given house arrest for the remainder of his life.  European Crusades o "military campaigns sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church during the Middle Ages." o Began in 1095  Pope Urban II's plea for war with Muslim World ("Saracen")  Recovery of the Holy Land (Jerusalem) o No longer had the threat of the Vikings o The knights weren't the nicest people o Made them swear allegiance o 9 crusades over 200 years all were trying to regain the Holy Land o 3 oldest religions  Judaism  Christianity  Islam o Jerusalem has long been appointed contingency o Vlad the Impeller AKA Dracula  European Revolutions: Cultural and Political o Colonialism  Territorial development strategy where a territory is occupied by a foreign government  Used military power to acquire foreign territories and resources  Organization according to objectives related to resource acquisition and market expansion  Often politically, religious, or racially driven  Between 1400 and 1945, colonial movements were undertook by Europe all over the world.  1400-1800  Spain, Portugal, Holland, France and England were the main colonial powers  After 1800:  England had a dominance over others  Early modern Europe o Renaissance began in the early to mid 1400s to the early 1600s  A desire to expand knowledge  Appreciation for science and the arts  The foundation of modern states began in this time period o As the population rose… monarchies, tribes began fighting over resources and land  A desire to formally recognized territory was demanded by the wealthy  Cities began to grow rapidly, desire to establish control o Agrarian Revolution  Growth of ports, cities and markets demanded food  Farming became huge in Europe  Started the system of trade for goods and services (a system; key for a region to develop)  Began in europe in the 1750s  Based on new agricultural innovations:  Mechanization and fertilizers  Scientific and commercial agriculture  Crop rotation  Declining food prices  ALL POSITIVES  New crops (Potato, Tomato)  Enabled increased food production  Enabled sustained population increase  Political Revolutions o Growth helped to unify areas further  Establish territories and end fighting  The Treaty of Westphalia in 1684  Recognized Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, many others  Established international law (property laws)  Early Europe: monarchs had absolute power, with few given to the people  By the end of the Industrial Revolution Monarchs on their way out…  French Revolution ended the absolute power of monarchs in Europe (late 1700s)  Creation of the modern nation-state:  The concept of nationalism (19th century)  Centered around a common language, religion and ethnicity  Not wanting to be ruled by a foreign country  Cultural identity for groups of humans  Democracy/Parliamentary Systems:  Rebellion against absolute political power (monarchy)  Separation between the State and the Church  Not really (Church of England; The Vatican)  Industrial Revolution o Started in the UK between, 1750-1850. o Technical innovations occurred in British industry:  Use of new materials  Use of thermal energy to produce mechanical energy  Mechanized labor replaced human and animal labor  Production (factories)  Transportation (rail) o Health (medicine) o Proved to be a major catalyst towards increased urbanization  People moved where the jobs were o Improved European global power o Was not a "sudden process" o Took place in several areas at different times  Started in Britain and moved east into the European continent, eventually in N.A. in the mid-1800s (post-civil war) o Britain was the origin since it had access to raw materials from around the globe  Textiles, steam power, iron making o France, Germany, Poland, Scandinavia, and Russia started getting involved with supplying raw materials eventually with production of their own.  Problems that arose during Industrial Revolution o General Exploitation  Child labor  Long working hours  Safety  Very low pay  Most people didn't have a choice…  If they complained, they were replaced.  World War I: "The Great War" o Tanks o Chemical Weapons o Airplanes o Submarines o Machine guns o Trench warfare o WWI July 1914- November 1918  9 million people were killed in Europe  Many issues leading up to WWI (imperialism, nationalism, alliances)  Triple Entente  The Central Powers  The Spark  Western front in France and Eastern front in Russia  Results of WWI o Technology grew tremendously  Tanks, guns, aircraft, communication  Showed the US was a legitimate world power  Was neutral the start of the war  Treaty of Versailles  Made Germany pay  Fascist's felt threatened by communist  Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations o Versailles was intended to punish Germany, and prevent them from ever gaining military power again o The League of Nations..  Principle mission was to maintain world peace  Lacked authority and control: lots of issues  Was later replaced by the United Nations (UN)  World War II o Weapons of Mass destruction o Nuclear arms race between different countries o 85 million people were killed (1/4 were from Russia)  Deadliest conflict in human history o Two sides  Allies  Axis o Started on Sept 1st 1939  Blitzkrieg : bombing from above o Aftermath:  Decolonization of lands  New countries were drawn  Cold war and Nuclear War o 61 Countries involved


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