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SE Asia Geo & Env

SE Asia Geography and Environmental Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Ganges River Starts in the Himalayas and flows southeast through India and Bangladesh for more than 1,500 miles to the Indian Ocean and is sacred to Hindu religion
Huang He (Yellow River) Begins in Tibet and flows east to the Yellow Sea and named for yellow silt and nicknamed “China’s Sorrow” because of flooding
Yangtze (Chang Jiang) River Yangtze (Chang Jiang) River begins in the Tibetan Plateau and travels east until it reaches the East China Sea. Largest and longest river in China (over 3,400 miles)
Bay of Bengal An “arm” of the Indian Ocean with India to its west and Myanmar to its east. The Ganges & other rivers flow into this bay
Indian Ocean Lies between Africa to the west, Asia to the north, Australia to the east, & the Southern Ocean to the south. 3rd largest ocean
Sea of Japan Small sea that lies between the Asian continent and Japan
South China Sea Sea that lies between Vietnam and the Philippines
Yellow Sea Sea that lies between China and Korea. Huang He empties here
Gobi Desert Stretches across southern Mongolia and northern China. Asia’s largest desert
Taklimakan Desert Lies between two rugged mountain ranges in northwestern China
Himalayan Mountains World’s highest mountain range. Located along the northern edge of the Indian subcontinent. Forms the southern border of China
Water Pollution Billions of tons of chemicals and waste from agriculture, industry, and humans pour into Asia’s rivers each year
Air Pollution Caused by automobile emissions and industry development.Creates respiratory problems. Has created acid rain (hurting agriculture)
Flooding When monsoons are too severe, the rivers overflow & water sweeps over the land. Homes & crops are buried and lives are lost
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