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In ancient Egypt Mesopotamia India and China geography played an important role in development Despite being in different areas of the world each managed to stay maintain and make new developments along the way Ultimately each civilizations development depended somehow on its geographical surroundings One of the fist civilizations we know of is Egypt Egypts geographical features were very beneficial to the mindset of the people Egypt was a very rural civilization and consisted of the desert which due to its extremely high temperatures warded off intruders and the Mediterranean Sea To add to this they were in a virtually isolated area Its main geographical feature was the Nile River this is where they first settled Due to its constant and predictable floods it gave way to rich damp soil perfect for agriculture as well as a feeling of changelessness The Nile also was a very calm and smoothly flowing river the winds from the north pushed the sailboats south which gave the Egyptians a great opportunity for trading as well as cultural diffusion Since the Egyptians had such great geographical features the people went on to worship and love their gods ultimately making them feel they were working towards good and make them work harder Unlike the Egyptians the Mesopotamians settled in a disastrous area They were surrounded with little protection which led to constant invasions and attacks Also like the Egyptians they settled between two river valleys the Tigris and the Euphrates They were both very choppy and hard to float or sail on which led them to little trading and sharing of ideas between civilizations The flooding of these were irregular and at times catastrophic The climate was very hot and consisted of blazing gusty winds along with little rain fall which made agriculture very difficult for they had to rely on man-made drainage ditches as well as the melting of snow to provide for suitable soil Due to the horrible
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