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Ancient China’s environment – Himalayas and Gobi Desert

By | 2017-06-06T11:16:53+00:00 June 6th, 2017|China, Environment|

Himalaya Mountains Sometimes people describe China's landscape as being like a staircase with three steps. The top step of this staircase is in the west, where the Himalaya mountains are (India is on the other side of these mountains). Tibet is in this part of China. People call it "the roof of the [...]

Chinese animals – Environment of China

By | 2017-10-14T15:17:59+00:00 June 6th, 2017|China, Environment, What|

A camel caravan in northern China Long ago, in the Stone Age, about 3000 BC, many different kinds of wild animals lived in China - elephants, lions, pandas, wild horses, wolves, wild dogs, aurochs, and many others. But as there got to be more and more people and farms, there was less room. [...]

Environment of Central Asia

By | 2017-05-31T10:22:41+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Environment|

Central Asian steppe By the time the first Neanderthals reached Central Asia, maybe about 100,000 BC, most of Central Asia was covered by hundreds of miles of tall grass, like the prairies of South Dakota or Nebraska in North America. There were hardly any trees, and not much water. We call this grassland [...]

What is an aurochs? Central Asian Environment

By | 2017-05-31T10:15:18+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Environment|

Cave painting of a herd of aurochs (about 14000 BC) Around fifty million years ago, after the dinosaurs died, large mammals started to evolve from smaller mammals that came earlier. Because grass had evolved only recently, about 100 million years ago, there weren't yet very many animals that ate grass, so some of these larger [...]

Medieval African Environment

By | 2017-05-23T16:47:14+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Africa, Environment, History, Medieval|

The Sahara desert Another very bad drought hit Africa in the Middle Ages, in 963 AD. Again, the drought led to the collapse of the government in Egypt, and brought the Fatimids into power. This period of drought lasted until 1200-1202 AD, and many Egyptian people died, especially if they were city people [...]

Early African Environment

By | 2017-05-23T16:28:57+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Africa, Environment, History|

Map of Africa showing climate zones The history of people in Africa, from the earliest times to today, is deeply intertwined with a bunch of big changes in the climate. Early primates lived - as chimpanzees and gorillas do now - mainly among the trees of the tropical rainforest, eating fruit and small [...]