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What is the Empty Quarter?

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Asked by soni, 26 Jan '08 12:15 am
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Southern Arabia contains one of the world's bleakest deserts, which is visited only by the hardiest Bedouin nomads. Like all deserts, this is a place of extremes, and they must be prepared to risk hunger and thirst, and exposure to heat by day and bitter cold by night. The region is the Rub al Khali, or the Empty Quarter. Much of this 647,500 square km (250,000 square miles) is covered by drifting sand dunes up to 200 m (656 ft) high.
Answered by bernard, 26 Jan '08 12:17 am

 
  
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The Empty Quarter is a name given to the historically sparsely populated regions within the western United States and Canada. The term was popularized by Joel Garreau in his 1981 book The Nine Nations of North America.

The Empty Quarter includes most of Alaska, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and western Colorado, as well as the eastern portions of Oregon, California, Washington, all of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Northern Canada, northern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, British Columbia east of the Coast Ranges, and the westernmost fringes of North Dakota and South Dakota.

In the book, Garreau described The Empty Quarter as a region with an economy still largely based on resource extraction, with mining, oil, cattle, and railroads historically playing a large role. The Empty Quarter, together with some of The Breadbasket, comprises what is commonly thought of as the American Old West. He described the region today as one of boomtowns rising and falling with the fortunes ...more
Answered by GOPI KUMAR, 26 Jan '08 12:17 am

 
  
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