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Describe the topography and climate of eastern Asia, including the importance of mountain ranges and deserts, and explain how geography influenced the growth of Chinese civilization.


Map of China, showing regions the government considers East China
Map of China, showing regions the government considers East China


Rivers helped with the growth of China. The rivers and their floods help grow crops for the people of China. With increased cultivation, the population of China increased. The rivers also allowed for easier travel and trade.
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The Gobi Desert and Himalayas helped to separate China from the rest of the world. Both the desert and mountains were difficult to cross, so the geographic features actually helped prevent attacks from neighboring civilizations. Because of this, China has a long history of isolation.

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Multimedia.pngWorld Atlas of Panoramic Aerial Images of Eastern Asia.

Multimedia.pngEast Asia Climate and Vegetation Slide Show

East Asia in Geographic Perspective Resources

Today's Weather in East Asia

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Pictures Showing the Various Geography of China


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Gobi Desert

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Border of China in the Himalayas

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View of the Yellow River from Liujiaxia