Chapter 13: Physical Geography of East and Southeast Asia – Section 2
Mongolia word for dry summer followed by a harsh winter
Climate zone of southwestern China and the Plateau of Tibet
Climate zone of northeastern China, the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, and northern Japan
hurricane-like storms that form in the Pacific and blow across coastal East Asia
Mongolian word meaning “place without water”
What brings harsh winters to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and to Hokkaido, Japan?
Cold arctic winds bring harsh winters to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Winter monsoons and a cold ocean current flowing southwest along Japan’s Pacific coast bring harsh winter to Hokkaido
What keeps temperatures moderate in the tropical countries of Singapore and New Guinea?
Sea breezes keep temperatures low in Singapore, whereas high altitudes keep parts of New Guinea cool
How does life on the Taklimakan in China differ from life in the rain forests of Indonesia?
The Taklimakan is a desert in western China that receives less than 0.5 inches of rain per year. Little vegetation or people live there. The rain forests of Indonesia are home to a tremendous variety of plants and animals.
How does climate affect agriculture in Mongolia and Vietnam?
Mongolia has a dry steppe climate that receives only enough rain to support grasslands for cattle and sheep. Vietnam has a humid subtropical climate with moderate summer and winter temperatures that are good for growing rice.
What country in East Asia and Southeast Asia has the greatest variant of climates? Why?
China has the greatest variety of climates in East Asia and Southeast Asia. It is the largest country in the region and also has the greatest range of latitudes and landforms.
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