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APS Social Studies

East Asia

archipelago chain or group of islands
tsunami large, fast-moving wave caused by an under-sea earthquake
loess fine windblown topsoil
monsoon seasonal wind
japan current warm-water stream that affects the climate of Japan
typhoon powerful, hurricane like storm generated in the western Pacific
Mongolia China's northern neighbor, occupies 13 percent of East Asia's land
South China Sea carries one-third of the World's shipping traffic
Korean Peninsula jutts southeast from China's Manchurian Plain, seperating the Sea of Japan from the Yellow Sea
Honshu Japan's central and largest Island
The Ring of Fire an arc of islands east of China where the Pacific, Philippine, and Eurasian tectonic plates meet.
Manchurian Plain an extensive lowland area
North China Plain the other extensive lowland area in China
The Pamirs an area in western China with high peaks and deep valleys
Kunlun Shan and Tian Shan mountains included in the Pamirs
Altay Mountains are a natural border between Mongolia and China
Qin Ling Mountains part of the Kunlun Mountains that bend and cross central China from west to east
Mount Fuji a dramatic cone shaped dormant volcano, 12,388 feet high on Honshu Island. It is an important spiritual symbol to the people of Japan
the Plateau of Tibet in China's southwest corner is East Asia's highest plateau region
Mongolian Plateau extensive highland with mostly grassy pasture, ideal for grazing.
Tarim Basin salt marsh
Taklimakan Desert a dry cold and sandy desert
The Gobi Desert a high interior desert cold and dry
Yellow River Northern China's major river system it carries tons of fine yellowish-brown topsoil
Yangtze River Asia's longest river
Xi River southern China's most important river system. soil deposits form a huge, fertile delta
China's Grand Canal The world's longest artificial waterway, it was begun in the 400s BC, stretches from Beijing to Hangzhou
feng shui Chinese word for wind and water, Chinese harmonize their buildings with the surrounding landforms, especially mountains and rivers
yurts tent like structures that the nomadic people of Mongolia use to take shelter from harsh conditions
Bamboo a tough tree like grass that has more than a thousand uses
mulberry tree an important economic native plant whose leaves provide food for the silkworm
The Island of Hainan is off China's southern coast, has a tropical rainforest
Kuril current a cold water current
Created by: tbostwick