Geography of Mesopotamia

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Published on October 27, 2008

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Slide 1: Please pick-up a copy of the note packet on the middle table. Please make sure you have a sharp pencil. How does the geography of an area affect the people who live in that area? Objectives : Objectives Locate the Fertile Crescent and Mesopotamia. Explain the geography of ancient Mesopotamia. Fertile Crescent : Fertile Crescent Fertile Cresent : Fertile Cresent The Fertile Crescent is a fertile food-growing area in a part of the world where most of the land is too dry for farming. Quick Review : Quick Review Where is the Fertile Crescent? How was the Fertile Crescent Different than the land around it? Why would that be important for the growth of a civilization? Mesopotamia : Mesopotamia Some of the best farmland in the Fertile Crescent is on a narrow strip of land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Mesopotamia : Mesopotamia The Greeks later called this area Mesopotamia, which means “between the rivers.” Mesopotamia : Mesopotamia Many different civilizations developed in this small region. We will focus on the Sumerians and Babylonians Mesopotamia : Mesopotamia Today this land is known as Iraq. Why do we know a lot about Iraq? Quick Review : Quick Review Describe the geography of ancient Mesopotamia using only three words. Irrigation : Irrigation Why would it be important to control the water in southern Mesopotamia? Irrigation : Irrigation How did the invention of levees, canals, and an irrigation system solve a problem for the people of Mesopotamia? Location : Location Modern day country of Iraq Continent of Asia The Fertile Crescent Middle East Region East of the Mediterranean Sea Landscape : Landscape Northern Mesopotamia Mountains, rocky soil Southern Mesopotamia Flat, fertile soil because of the floods Climate : Climate Northern Mesopotamia Hot / Rainy Southern Mesopotamia Hot / Dry Droughts! Resources : Resources Tigris and Euphrates rivers Conclusion : Conclusion Close your eyes and summarize what you learned today in ten words or less. Turn to your pointing partner and share your summary. Homework : Homework Your first homework assignment in the class will be about the geography of Mesopotamia. You will read pages 104-107 You will answer the geography questions in your note packet. Two pages DUE: Thursday before 5th or 6th hours.

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