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Many different mammal species, including sheep and goats, were originally domesticated in Asia Minor. WATER RESOURCES Turkey is more fortunate than other countries in the Middle East. Even so, water represents one of the main environmental issues in this country. Southwestern Asia’s nations often experience difficulties with water management in years with low precipitation. Turkey, however, has an advantage over its southern neighbors. Of primary importance in this issue are the eastern Anatolian highlands, an area where three major rivers begin their flow toward the sea.

Such problems are not limited to less developed countries, however. Many areas of the United States, for example, support huge populations living in hazard zones. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES Environmental preservation is a growing trend in Turkey. The country has many national and natural parks, as well as other preserved areas. About 15 million visitors, both domestic and international, enjoy Turkey’s natural treasures. Wetlands host a huge variety of species and are of particular interest to international ecological organizations because of their number and size.

PERIOD OF DEVELOPMENT AND POLITICAL UNREST Atatürk died in 1938. q 3/9/04 10:18 PM Page 53 Turkey Through Time the same mistake the government had made during World War I when it sided with the Germans). Only in 1945, shortly before the end of the war, did Turkey formally declare war on Germany—a move that was designed to gain political benefits in the international arena. This gamble helped Turkey become one of the founding members of a new international organization, the United Nations. After the war, Turkey continued to develop both its democratic government and economy, yet it experienced many problems common to young democracies.

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