Skip to main content
Create interactive lessons using any digital content including wikis with our free sister product
. Get it on the
Pages and Files
Democratic Teaching Methods
Hidden Histories, Dramatic Events
, Historical Biographies & Special Topic Pages
AP World History
AP United States History
AP Government & Politics
AP Art History
Grades 1 & 2
Grades 3 & 4
Grade 5 (United States History)
Grade 6 (World Geography)
Grade 7 (Ancient/Classical Civilizations)
World History I & II
United States History I & II
Influential Men: World
Infuential Men: U.S.
Influential Women: U. S.
Influential Women: World
Primary Sources: U.S.
Primary Sources: World
Public Domain and Copyright Information
Large Visitor Globe
Feedjit Live Blog Stats
Explain how the following five factors have influenced settlement and the economies of major East Asian countries
Wu River, China
A. absolute and relative locations
C. major physical characteristics
D. major natural resources
E. population size
The China Game
from the Asia Society explores Chinese history, culture and geography.
See the following for a
2014 infographic on China's Energy Vulnerabilities
from the Brookings Institute
- absolute and relative locations:
absolute location is the coordinates of a place on longitude and latitude; relative location is where a place is in comparison with: landmarks, or other places.
repeated weather patterns in a certain location
major physical characteristics
features of the terrain, like mountains, lakes, rivers, deserts…etc.
major natural resources:
parts of nature used by people, such as water, oil, trees, minerals, etc.
how many people live in a place.
the top 5 most populated nations are 1.
, 2. India, 3. United States, 4. Indonesia 5. Brazil
Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the highest in the world. Photo on Wikimedia Commons by reinhard_paulus
Go here for
Countries of North and East Asia (capital city)
*Taiwan claims to be an independent country; China claims Taiwan as a breakaway province under Chinese rule.
East Asia in Geographic Perspective
hosted by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, explores human interaction with natural resources relating to trade by examining the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, originally built in the 19th century.
Click here for an
overview of the geography of China
from A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization.
for information on Chinese history before the 19th Century.
Maps of North and East Asia:
Influence of the following five factors on SETTLEMENTS and ECONOMIES of Asian countries:
Absolute and relative locations
Japan's cultural heritage comes from China through Korea, so the relative location of the three nations is vital to their settlement and economies, both historically and currently
Mongolia, in its relative location between Russia and China
It a mix of the two nations culturally and politically; socially it is Asian, politically it is more Soviet-Russian.
the climate in the more southerly parts of this region is conducive to growing rice, a major food staple and basis of the economy
aside from that, however, the climate of East Asia is highly varied - from icy terrain in norther Russia to the tropical climate of Taiwan and the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa - people have settled throughout the region.
Major physical characteristics
Japan is very mountainous, its most famous mountain is Mont Fuji
China and Mongolia are linked in part by the Gobi Desert
the Korean peninsula has extensive coastlines
Russia is so large that it reaches furthest west in this region
has an ongoing land dispute with Japan over islands just north of Japan
also reaches far into Europe thousands of miles to the west.
Major natural resources
All of these nations have such ancient civilizations that they have been incorporating their natural resources into their economies for trade and domestic use for thousands of years.
China's resources include coal, oil, and mined metals
Japan has salt, oceans and fish, and highly fertile soil
South Korea has oceans and fish, natural gas, oil.
two of the world's most populous nations (#1 and #2) are China and India.
Through trade and also use of natural resources, the economies of Asia, especially norther Asia, are almost all strong and growing, along with the region's population.
Population (2012 estimates)
What is a “major” country? Do you think that people in smaller nations do not consider themselves to be “major”? Who decides which countries are major or minor? Can you think of examples of major or minor countries? What events might change our perception of a nation?
What is the difference between a “nation” and a “country”?
Besides North America, which continent do you know the most about? Why?
Why do you live where you live? (When did your family come to the U.S.? Where did they go first? Why? How did your immediate family get here to this town? Why did you come here?)
Relative and absolute location
List of most populous countries and their populations as of mid-2006
Geography quiz! All of Asia…
Buckets of geography quizzes! Enjoy…
country information, maps, and flags
maps (public source)
Oxford Atlas of the World, Twelfth Edition
, 2005; Oxford University Press, New York.
De Blij, H.J.; Peter O. Muller;
Geography: Realms, Regions, and Concepts
(Seventh Ed.), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1994
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"