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GEOG 102: World Geography Africa and the Americas: Home

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Information Requirements

Geographical Profile

1.  Provide a brief history of the country's founding.  Was it a former colony?  If so, of whom?  If a former colony, what kinds of products or raw materials were exported to the colonial ruler?

- What does the country make or produce?

- Is the country a "one-commodity" exporter (i.e. does one major export account for up to 75% of the country's exports?)

- The country's market(s)

          - To whom does the country export?

          - Who are the country's biggest trading partners?

          - Is the largest trading partner the former colonial ruler?

- What does the country import and from whom?

- Do other countries export similar goods (or the same goods if a one-commodity country?)

          - If so, to whom?

          - Also a former colony?  If so, of the same ruling colonizer?

2.  Provide contemporary demographic data and trends: 

          - Population

          - Major religions

          - Languages

          - Provide the following:  

               * RNI (Rate of Natural Increase)

               * CBR (Crude Birth Rate)

               * CDR (Crude Death Rate) 

               * Infant mortality rate

               * Fertility rate

          - Provide a population pyramid of the country

3.  For your population pyramid, consult the US Census Bureau's International Database for data (select the year 2010).




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