What is the advantage of an east-west continental axis?This question is for chapter 10 of the book, "Spacious Skies and Tilted Axis"

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mike716 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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the idea is that climate changes a lot less when you move east/west than it does when you move north/south. this means that if you migrate east/west, the odds are better that the crops and animals you bring with you will be able to survive in your new home. if you migrate north/south, you've got to rebuild civilization every time you move. this of course gives a huge advantage to continents like Eurasia where the east-west axis is much longer than the north-south access because civilization will be able to develop faster if it doesn't have to keep starting over. also, trade for foodstuffs with people to your east/west would theoretically be much more rewarding because there is a better chance that you can grow those foodstuffs yourself.

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the idea is that climate changes a lot less when you move east/west than it does when you move north/south. this means that if you migrate east/west, the odds are better that the crops and animals you bring with you will be able to survive in your new home. if you migrate north/south, you've got to rebuild civilization every time you move. this of course gives a huge advantage to continents like Eurasia where the east-west axis is much longer than the north-south access because civilization will be able to develop faster if it doesn't have to keep starting over. also, trade for foodstuffs with people to your east/west would theoretically be much more rewarding because there is a better chance that you can grow those foodstuffs yourself.

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