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Title: Regions of the World


1
Regions of the World
  • SHS WORLD GEOGRAPHY
  • COACH STRYKER

2
Essential Understandings
  • Regions are areas of the earths surface which
    share unifying characteristics.

3
Essential Questions
  1. Why do geographers create and use regions as
    organizing concepts?
  2. What are some examples of physical and cultural
    regions?
  3. What are some examples of regional labels that
    reflect changes in perceptions?

4
Physical Regions
  • The term physical in geography refers to
  • Landforms
  • Vegetation
  • Climate

5
Physical Regions
  • A few examples of physical regions are
  • The Sahara Desert
  • The Taiga
  • Rainforest
  • The Great Plains
  • The Low Countries

6
Sahara Desert
Unifying Characteristic Climate
7
The Taiga
Unifying Characteristics Climate and Vegetation
8
The Taiga
Coniferous trees in the Alaskan taiga.
9
Rainforest
Unifying Characteristics Climate and Vegetation.
10
The Great Plains
Unifying Characteristics Topography and
Vegetation. The Great Plains is a region that
extends from Canada to Texas. This region is
extremely flat and it is covered by a grassland
called the prairie.
11
The Low Countries
Unifying Characteristic Topography. The low
countries are Belgium and The Netherlands in
Europe. These countries are very flat and low in
elevation. Parts of The Netherlands are below
sea level.
12
Cultural Regions
  • Cultural regions are based on unifying
    characteristics such as
  • Language
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Economic Conditions
  • Politics

13
Language Regions
  1. Latin America - Spanish
  2. Francophone World - Countries in the world that
    have adopted French as a language of commerce and
    politics. Most of these countries were colonized
    by France.

14
Latin America
Green Spanish Orange Portuguese Blue French
or Creole
15
Francophone World
16
Ethnic Regions
  1. Chinatowns or ethnic neighborhoods such as Little
    Havana.
  2. Kurdistan - A region in the Middle East that
    encompasses parts of Iraq, Turkey, Syria, and
    Iran where Kurdish people live.

17
Chinatowns
Many large cities around the world have
neighborhoods composed of different ethnic groups
because people want to live near people who are
similar. Chinatowns are an example of a region
based on culture.
18
Kurdistan
19
Religious Regions
  1. The Islamic World (Southwest Asia, North Africa,
    Central Asia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia.
  2. Buddhism (Southeast Asia Thailand, Vietnam,
    Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, parts of
    China, Korea, and Japan)

20
The Muslim World
Unifying Characteristic The religion of Islam.
21
Economic Regions
  1. The Wheat Belt - This is an area in the central
    United States where wheat or other grains are the
    primary agricultural product.
  2. The European Union - A group of countries in
    Europe that have signed agreements to stimulate
    trade and business.

22
Wheat Belt
Unifying Characteristic Economies based on
wheat production.
23
Political Regions
  1. North Atlantic Treaty Organization - NATO is a
    group of countries that share the common purpose
    of protecting and promoting democracy. Some
    members of NATO are The U.S., Canada, France,
    Great Britain.
  2. African Union - A political union in Africa that
    seeks to promote peace, prosperity, and commerce.

24
Changes in Perception
  • The way we understand and view regions can change
    over time.
  • Sun Belt
  • Rust Belt

25
Sun Belt
  • The Sun Belt is a region that stretches across
    the southern United States. The population in
    this region has grown over the last few decades
    for several reasons.
  • Widespread use of air conditioning
  • People retire in northern states and move south
  • Illegal immigration

26
Sun Belt
27
Rust Belt
  • The Rust Belt is a region in the northeastern
    United States that used to be the center of heavy
    industry in the United States such as the
    automobile industry and steel production. Global
    competition has forced these industries to either
    close down or restructure resulting in the loss
    of hundreds of thousands of jobs.

28
Rust Belt
  • A few cities in the Rust Belt are
  • Detroit
  • Pittsburgh
  • Buffalo
  • Cleveland

29
Rust Belt
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