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Chapter 16

Physical Geography of North Africa, Southwest Asia, and Central Asia

Mesopotamia was located on an area of fertile soil left by river floods called a(n) __________. alluvial plain
Oil is common in this region because the land is made up of __________, or layers of materials hardened by the intense weight of more materials piled above. sedimentary rock
__________ has decreased the number of sturgeon in the Caspian Sea. Poaching
In this region of little rain, dry riverbeds called __________ fill with water when it rains. wadis
Bordering this region's deserts are dry, treeless, but grassy plains called __________. steppes
The Aral Sea has been drying up over the past several years because... irrigation projects took too much water from the rivers that feed the sea
Two important waterways in the region include the Suez Canal and the Dardanelles. What is the main difference between the Suez and the Dardanelles? The Suez is human-made while the Dardanelles is natural.
The world's largest desert, the Sahara, is located in __________. North Africa
One of the most likely reasons for conflict in this region is competition over __________. water


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