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The Physical Geography of South East Asia
Transcript of The Physical Geography of South East Asia
Millions of years ago,
formed the landmasses of Southeast Asia.
The main river of Southeast Asia is the
, which forms the boundaries of
Penninsulas and Islands
make up Southeast Asia. South and east of this area is
, sometimes called the East Indies.
Indonesia is the largest
island country with more then 17,500 islands. Only 6,000 islands are inhabited.
The Philippines have 7,000 islands and only 900 are settled.
Mountains and Volcanoes
Mountains dominate Southeast Asia, creating geographic and political boundaries.
The Indochina Peninsula's western and
separate the region from India and China.
Many mountains separate the countries.
Mountains on Southeast Asia's Islands form part of the
Ring of Fire.
An area of volcanic and earthquake activity.
There are many
in Southeast Asia.
Expecially around the island countries.
Southeast Asia's plant and animal life is
Thailand cultivates over 1,000 species of orchids. Like
trees, mangoes, and all kinds of exotic fruit.
Southeast Asian wildlife is varied and distinctive. Elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses, orangutans roam sanctuaries.
The Eurasian, Philippine, and Indo-Australian tectonic plates collided millions of years ago, forming the landmasses known today as Southeast Asia. The upheaval formed
, or parallel mountain ranges. Activity from related volcanoes and tectonic activity created a series of archipelagos, or groups of islands. More than 20,000 islands can be found in the region.
of Southeast Asia's 11 countries are on the mainland.
The rest are island countries.
Through out Southeast Asia, people rely on
. The rivers create fertile soil and agricultural areas. Mainland rivers originate in the northern highlands.