Regional Geography 105
China: Resources and Recycling Study Guide
REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY 105


After the lecture and reading the "China: Resources and Recycling" articles you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

Resources and Recycling

Using the course atlas, compare the climates for China and the United States - Note any similarities or differences.

Using the course atlas, compare the latitudes for China and the United States - Note any similarities or differences.

Using the course atlas, compare the areas for China and the United States - Note any similarities or differences.

Using the course atlas, compare the population distributions for China and the United States - Note any similarities or differences.

Briefly summarize China's natural resources situation.

What is resource conservation and why is it important?

What is meant by the term natural resource?

When does a natural material become a natural resource?

What is nonrenewable resource? Give some examples.

What is a renewable resource? Give some examples.

What is recycling?

What are some of the recyclable materials?

Describe the difference be pre-production and post-production recycling.

Based on China's natural resource situation, and it current population size, what kind of demand is China placing on its natural resources?

What is the relationship between development and demand on natural resources?

Much of China is still underdeveloped, but is quickly moving towards becoming fully developed. Many areas, especially large cities are fully developed, modern cities. What will happen to the demand for natural resources as China becomes more developed?

As a developed nation, what kind of demand does the United States place on natural resources?

As a developed nation, what kind of waste does the United States generate as a result of the use of natural resources?

What will happen when China becomes a fully developed nation?

How much will China use, waste, conserve, recycle?

Will China over-exploit or recycle and conserve?

What are some of the current recycling efforts being made in China?

Culture, Politics, Economics and Population

Why do many Chinese consider China to be eternal? What is the foundation of this belief?

What is Confucianism?

What is Taoism?

Who was Mao Zedong?

What is Maoism?

Briefly outline the major historical events during and after the foundation of the People's Republic of China.

What are Special Economic Zones and Open Coastal Cities and why are they important to the economy of China?

What is the current population of China?

What is China's current population growth rate?

What has the Chinese government done to try and control population growth?

According to Leslie Stahl, what is the ratio of newborn boys to newborn girls in China?

What have been the negative aspects of this program?

What are the countries, worldwide, that have Acknowledged Possession of nuclear weapons; have Unacknowledged Possession of nuclear weapons; which are believed to be Seeking Possession of nuclear weapons.