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What are llamas? South American animals

By |2018-04-12T08:53:21-07:00September 8th, 2017|Environment, South America|

A llama in Bolivia Llamas evolved from camels. Camels evolved in North America about 45 million years ago. They lived in the Rocky Mountains and all across the southern part of North America. While they were still in North America, some camels evolved into llamas. Llamas spread from there south into South America about 3 million years ago. [...]

South American environment

By |2018-04-19T15:03:07-07:00September 8th, 2017|Environment, South America|

The Andes mountains run down the Pacific side of South America South America is a long, narrow continent running from the equator down nearly to the South Pole. So the north part of South America, near the equator, is generally hot and wet. In the south part of South America, near the South Pole, [...]

American environment and change

By |2019-05-29T11:16:56-07:00August 11th, 2017|Environment, North America|

Hunting Passenger Pigeons, about 1800 AD: American environment Most of the people died The story of the environment of North America after 1500 AD is one terrible change after another. Shortly after 1500 AD, most of the people living in North America seem to have died. Colonization timeline 1500-today American geography and environment All our [...]

American geography and environment – Native Americans

By |2018-04-19T11:28:44-07:00August 8th, 2017|Environment, Native American, North America|

North American environment: The north Most of North America was (and is) just not very good for people to live in. That's why not that many people lived in North America before 1500 AD. In the north, it's too cold to support very many people. The winters are too long to grow crops, and there isn't [...]

Bison history – North America

By |2019-02-14T21:24:52-07:00August 8th, 2017|Environment, North America|

Bison history: A bison losing his warm winter coat Bison or buffalo? Bison (we used to call them buffalo) are a kind of cattle, like cows. Like other cows such as the aurochs, bison came originally from Asia, and they probably travelled over a land bridge to get to North America. More about cattle And the aurochs North American [...]

Geography of the Arabian Peninsula

By |2019-01-30T06:20:13-07:00July 27th, 2017|Environment, West Asia|

Map of the Arabian peninsula Where is the Arabian Peninsula? The Arabian Peninsula is part of West Asia that sticks out to the south. It's only separated from Africa by the narrow Red Sea. And it is not far from India, either. All our West Asia articles All our Africa articles What's the climate like there? The peninsula [...]

Medieval Islamic environment

By |2019-05-30T06:07:39-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Environment, Islam, West Asia|

Bedouin tents today in the Arabian peninsula: Islamic environment Early medieval environment We can divide the environmental history of the medieval Islamic Empire into three different phases. The early phase, from the 600s to about 800 AD, is the time of the Umayyad and the Abbasid Caliphs. West Asian environment African environment Arabian [...]

Plants in India – What grew there?

By |2019-09-13T05:04:28-07:00July 20th, 2017|Environment, India|

An Indian man selling mangoes When people first came to India, about 60,000 BC, they found some plants that they already knew about, like figs and onions. There were also a lot of new plants, and people soon began to experiment with these new foods. One new food was sugar cane, which you chewed to get the soft [...]

Indian Animals: ancient and medieval India

By |2019-09-13T06:10:27-07:00July 20th, 2017|Environment, History, India|

Indian animals: A white cow Cows and bulls Cattle were probably the most important animals in India for people. They came to India originally from Central Asia. Indian people did not eat cows, because Hindus thought of cows as sacred. But people used cows to pull carts, and for plowing fields, and also used [...]

Ancient Greek weather

By |2019-07-21T11:16:38-07:00July 6th, 2017|Environment, Greeks|

Greek weather and environment: a map of Greece Weather changed with the seasons The weather in ancient Greece, like the weather in most places, changed with the seasons. Greek weather also depended on whether you were in Northern Greece (near Thermopylae) or in Southern Greece (near Sparta). Why do the seasons change? Effects [...]