Location, Location, Location

The importance of geography in history.

This photo was taken from the Columbia. It shows Europe and Africa when the sun is setting. The bright dots are the cities' lights. The top part of Africa is the Sahara Desert . To the left, on top, is Greenland, totally frozen.

The Continents

Benefits and Problems

The Americas were isolated from the mainstream of history

Most of Africa was isolated from the mainstream of civilization

The Sahara Desert

Rain Forests

Eurasia
EUROPE

Nile River Mesopotamia

ASIA

Indus River

Yellow River

Spread of Civilization
Asia Minor
Farming Farming

Nomads
Goats/horses

Syria Palestine

Mesopotamia

Iran

Egypt

Nomads Goats/ sheep Arabia Nubia

Persian Gulf

The Eurasian Steppe
EUROPE
Northern Forests Asia Minor Egypt Mesopotamia IRAN Himalaya Mountains China Indus Valley THE STEPPE Siberia

ASIA
THE STEPPE

THE STEPPE

ARABIA

Natural Resources

Oil wells

timber

Iron ore

Carrying Capacity
• Carrying capacity is a term used by biologists and anthropologists to describe the limitations of the local environment to support a population of animals or people. • Any territory can only support a certain number of people. • Different environments can carry or support different numbers of people. • Carrying capacity can be changed by how the land is used. Hunters and gatherers need more land than farmers. Old fashioned farmers could grow fewer crops on the same land than farmers using modern techniques.

Beliefs and Ideas

Extra Credit
For up to five points in extra credit write a paragraph on why geography is important to how a civilization develops. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of being isolated and how this effected the early development of the civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia.