East Asia

By: Jodecy Ramirez, Chris Perez, Logan Dittrich

Time Span

Agriculture in China was firmly established by 6,000 BC. Since East Asia developed all around the same time frame there is no specific time span date of when it started so this is the date it would have began around.

Geographical Location

    • Japan’s location between the continent of Asia and the wide Pacific creates a distinctive and challenging weather environment

    • China; the narrow coasts, rugged mountains, and fast-flowing rivers of Korea; and the violent storms, earthquakes, volcanoes, and plains of the island nation of Japan — have been as fundamental in shaping East Asian civilization as any products of human intelligence or will.

    • From Baekdu in the far north all the way to the southern tip of the peninsula, 70 percent of Korea’s land consists of steep mountains.

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Main Food Source

    • Grains:

      • Millet

      • Rice

      • Wheat

    • Main Vegetable:

      • Soybeans

Main Domesticated Animals

  • goats

  • sheep

  • chickens

Agricultural/Geographic Challenges

  • Overgrazing
  • overpopulation
  • excessive extraction of raw materials
  • environmental pollution
    • The control of water, terracing, and the use of organic fertilizers over millennia have been critical elements in the fashioning of agricultural landscapes in East Asia. These efforts brought about not only highly productive agricultural systems based upon irrigated rice, but also landscapes of extraordinary beauty.

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Scientific Advancements/Achievements

The Silk Roads allowed many of the ideas and technological inventions of East Asian civilization such as paper, printing, and gunpowder to reach the West.
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