The Amazing Arabian Peninsula

by Amy Greufe

Hello my name is Amy and this is the Arabian Peninsula. I know what your thinking what's so good about the Arabian Peninsula or its just a bunch of sand. Well your incorrect it is much cooler.  let me tell you a little about the Arabian Peninsula.

Well for one thing it wouldn't be a good place to be at in the summer. the summer temperatures often rise about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. in the winter and nighttime temperatures it can drop below freezing. Now that is really cold. The rainfall there does not surpass more than 3-4 inches. when it rains there it would usually cause flash floods or violent storms.Powerful winds may flare up suddenly, causing blinding sandstorms. The sandstorms could be really bad to be in. It would hurt if you didn't have anything protecting your eyes. Since the wind is so strong, it could transform the landscape, sometimes creating sand dunes that rise 800 feet into the sky. Okay now that's where the sand dunes come from.

Many Arabs lived in towns and villages, but others migrated through the desert raising sheep, goats, and camels. They are know as the Nomads, also called Bedouins.

Oases are in areas when water has been trapped under ground. The water seeps up to the surface as a spring or a waterhole. Oases are mostly vary, in size. You can also find water from digging a hole until you find damp sand. Then you have accomplished finding water. Nomads would travel from oasis to oasis. When they realized that they could grow crops and vegetation there they settled and became sedentaries. They would plant date palm trees, so it would offer shade and provide dates at the same time. They used leaves for thatch roofs, fibers for rope, hollowed-out trunks for irrigation pipes, and various parts of the tree to fuel fires. As you can see the palm tree was extremely useful to the Arabs.

Arabia's coastal plain runs along the coasts of the peninsula and separates inland plateaus from the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, and the Persian Gulf. It ranges between 5 and 40 miles inland. It ends at a series of rocky cliffs.

he Coastal Plain is great for farming. Yemen, the great Marib Dam brought water to fields that grew food for 300,000 people. Farmers grew crops such as grains, fruits, and vegetables. they also collected fragrant tree sap to make myrrh and frankincense. The Europeans used it as incense, perfumes, and medicine. there were also trade that occured on the Coastal Plain. the Combination of farming and trade led to the rise of powerful kingdoms in southern Arabia in ancient times.

Arabia's mountains can be 1,000 to 2,000 feet tall. The winds from the Indian Ocean bring as much as 20 inches of rain each year tot he mountains. When winter comes, frost may form. You know I would not want to live in the mountains that is to cold for me. Well anyways back to talking about the Arabian Peninsula.

People that lived in the mountains had to live in houses made of mud bricks. Some farmed on the steep slopes by creating step like terraces, or flat areas. The terraces enlarged the space that was usable for farming. They grew trees to produce frankicense and myrrh. To fertilize the soil, they probably used manure and ashes from cooking fires. What how do you live in a house made of bricks in the mountains!

I learned so much about the Arabian Peninsula and I hope you did too. Hope you enjoyed  my Tackk.

Oh yeah down below is a video on ancient Arabian Peninsula music and another video on pictures of the Arabian Peninsula. Please watch them.

-Amy

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