Middle East Geography

Geography
desalination
removal of salt from sea water
standard of living
how well-off people are
water rights
laws about who can use water
aquifer
underground layer of rock and sand that holds water
Hormuz
strait that connects the Persian Gulf with the Arabian Sea
ground water
water that is stored in aquifers
nonrenewable
a resource that humans cannot replace; it takes nature millions of years to replace it
Kurds
ethnic group found in the mountains of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran; want their own country
Mesopotamia
‘land between the rivers’ found between the Tigris and Euphrates
Red Sea
body of water between Saudi Arabia and Egypt
Tigris
body of water that starts in the mountains of Turkey and flows through Turkey and Iraq
Euphrates
river that starts in the mountains of Turkey that is a disputed water source for Turkey, Syria, and Iraq

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