Population Distribution of Southwest Asia (Middle East)

SS7G7 The student will explain the impact of location, climate, physical characteristics, distribution of natural resources and population distribution on Southwest Asia (Middle East).






b. Describe how the deserts and rivers of Southwest Asia (Middle East) have affected the population in terms of where people live, the type of work they do, and how they travel.





Maps of Rivers in Southwest Asia


Population_Density_Map_of_Iraq.jpg
Source: CIA

http://www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic/map/profile/iraq.pdf

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/205250/Fertile-Crescent

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/595616/Tigris-Euphrates-river-system

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east_and_asia/iraq_pop_2003.jpg

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/atlas_middle_east/iraq_econ.jpg

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/globalconnections/mideast/maps/topotext.html
These links provide examples of how when rivers flow humans will built near them. The two major rivers that flow through Iraq have been given as examples to show how water affects where a population will be more dense around the body of water and scarce away from it. A downloadable PDF file of the population density map shown above has been provided.






Deserts of Southwest Asia


Population_Density_Map_of_Saudi_Arabia.jpg
Source: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/atlas_middle_east/atlas_middle_east.html#saudi

Interactive Population Density Map

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/31610/Arabian-Desert

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/58173/Bedouin

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/atlas_middle_east/saudi_arabia_pop.jpg

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/atlas_middle_east/saudi_arabia_econ.jpg

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/atlas_middle_east/saudi_arabia.jpg
These links provide information over the Arabian Desert along with information on the people that live there. A downloadable PDF file of the population density map above has been provided. Also included in a link to an Interactive Population Density Map .