Social Studies - 2019-20

WG.10 b - Physical and Environmental Features of North Africa and Southwest Asia

The student will analyze the characteristics of the North African and Southwest Asian regions by 

b) describing major physical and environmental features;

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Physical and environmental features such as peninsulas, mountains, rivers, seas, and deserts have created borders, influenced interactions, and led to isolation.

ESSENTIALS

Major physical and environmental features 

  • Crossroads of Europe, Africa, and Asia 
  • Desert and semiarid climates: Sahara, steppes 
  • Mountains 
    • Atlas 
    • Taurus 
    • Zagros 
  • Water features o Mediterranean Sea 
    • Red Sea 
    • Black Sea 
    • Persian/Arabian Gulf 
    • Strait of Hormuz 
    • Bosporus Strait 
    • Dardanelles Strait 
    • Nile River 
    • Tigris River 
    • Euphrates River 
    • Jordan River
  • Seasonal flooding, alluvial soils, delta regions, oases, wadis 
  • Peninsulas 
    • Sinai 
    • Arabian

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jun 13, 2018