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Geography of China

China has great physical diversity. The eastern plains and southern coasts of the country consist of fertile foothills, they are the location of most of China's agricultural output and human population. The southern areas of the country consist of mountainous terrain; the west and north of the country are dominated by sunken basins, rolling plateaus, towering massifs. It contains part of the highest tableland on earth, the Tibetan Plateau, has much lower agricultural potential and population Traditionally, the Chinese population centered on the Chinese central plain and oriented itself toward its own enormous inland market, developing as an imperial power whose center lay in the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River on the northern plains. More the 18,000 km coastline has been used extensively for export-oriented trade, causing the coastal provinces to become the leading economic center; the People's Republic of China has an area of about 9,600,000 km2. The exact land area is sometimes challenged by border disputes, most notably about Taiwan, Aksai Chin, the Trans-Karakoram Tract, South Tibet.

The area of the People's Republic of China is 9,596,960 km2 according to the CIA's The World Factbook. The People's Republic of China is either the third or fourth largest country in the world, being either larger or smaller than the United States depending on how the area of the United States is measured. Both countries are larger than Brazil; the topography of China has been divided by the Chinese government into five homogeneous physical macro-regions, namely Eastern China, Xinjiang-Mongolia, the Tibetan highlands. It is diverse with snow-capped mountains, deep river valleys, broad basins, high plateaus, rolling plains, terraced hills, sandy dunes with many other geographic features and other landforms present in myriad variations. In general, the land descends to the east coast. Mountains and hills account for nearly 70 percent of the country's land surface. Most of the country's arable land and population are based in lowland plains and basins, though some of the greatest basins are filled with deserts.

The country's rugged terrain presents problems for the construction of overland transportation infrastructure and requires extensive terracing to sustain agriculture, but is conducive to the development of forestry and hydropower resources, tourism. Northeast PlainNortheast of Shanhaiguan a narrow sliver of flat coastal land opens up into the vast Northeast China Plain; the plains extend north to the crown of the "Chinese rooster," near where the Greater and Lesser Hinggan ranges converge. The Changbai Mountains to the east divide China from the Korean peninsula. Compared with the rest of the area of China, here live the most Chinese people due to its adequate climate and topography. North plainThe Taihang Mountains form the western side of the triangular North China Plain; the other two sides are the Yangtze River to the southwest. The vertices of this triangle are Beijing to the north, Shanghai to the southeast, Yichang to the southwest; this alluvial plain, fed by the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers, is one of the most populated regions of China.

The only mountains in the plain are the Taishan in Dabie Mountains of Anhui. Beijing, at the north tip of the North China Plain, is shielded by the intersection of the Taihang and Yan Mountains. Further north are the drier grasslands of the Inner Mongolian Plateau, traditionally home to pastoralists. To the south are agricultural regions, traditionally home to sedentary populations; the Great Wall of China was built in the mountains across the mountains that mark the southern edge of the Inner Mongolian Plateau. The Ming-era walls run over 2,000 km east to west from Shanhaiguan on the Bohai coast to the Hexi Corridor in Gansu. South East of the Tibetan Plateau folded mountains fan out toward the Sichuan Basin, ringed by mountains with 1,000–3,000 m elevation; the floor of the basin has an average elevation of 500 metres and is home to one of the most densely farmed and populated regions of China. The Sichuan Basin is capped in the north by the eastward continuation of the Kunlun range, the Qinling, the Dabashan.

The Qinling and Dabashan ranges form a major north–south divide across China Proper, the traditional core area of China. Southeast of the Tibetan Plateau and south of the Sichuan Basin is the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, which occupies much of southwest China; this plateau, with an average elevation of 2,000 metres, is known for its limestone karst landscape. South of the Yangtze, the landscape is more rugged. Like Shanxi Province to the north and Jiangxi each have a provincial core in a river basin, surrounded by mountains; the Wuling range separates Guizhou from Hunan. The Luoxiao and Jinggang divide Hunan from Jiangxi, separated from Fujian by the Wuyi Mountains; the southeast coastal provinces, Zhejiang and Guangdong, have rugged coasts, with pockets of lowland and mountainous interior. The Nanling, an east–west mountain range across northern Guangdong, seals off Hunan and Jiangxi from Guangdong. Northwest of the Tibetan Plateau, between the northern slope of Kunlun and southern slope of Tian Shan, is the vast Tarim Basin of Xinjiang, which contains the Taklamakan Desert.

The Tarim Basin, the largest in China, measures 1,500 km from east to west and 600 km from north to south at it

Fauntleroy, Seattle

Fauntleroy is a neighborhood in the southwest corner of Seattle, Washington. Part of West Seattle and situated on Puget Sound's Fauntleroy Cove, it faces Vashon Island, Blake Island, the Kitsap Peninsula to the west. On sunny days, many locations in the neighborhood offer views of the Olympic Mountains, which are about 40 miles to the west; the neighborhood adjoins Lincoln Park to the north, Fauntlee Hills to the east, Arbor Heights to the south. Within Fauntleroy is an area known as Endolyne. Fauntleroy is home to an eponymous Washington State Ferries terminal, providing service to Vashon Island and Southworth; the neighborhood and park all take their name from the cove, itself named by one Lt. George Davidson of the U. S. Coast Survey in 1857 in honor of the family of his fiancée, Ellinor Fauntleroy of Indiana; the development of Fauntleroy began in 1905. Fauntleroy's history was chronicled by Roy Morse and Richard Brown in Fauntleroy Legacy and by Clay Eals in West Side Story. Central to the Fauntleroy neighborhood are Fauntleroy Church, Fauntleroy YMCA, The Hall at Fauntleroy, which now houses Fauntleroy Children's Center.

An all-volunteer, community-based organization founded in the early 1980s brings neighbors together to address local issues such as environmental quality and parking. Fauntleroy Way runs into the West Seattle Bridge. Seattle City Clerk's Neighborhood Map Atlas — Fauntleroy Fauntleroy Community Association Neighborhood Groups: Fauntleroy Thompson, Nile. "Fauntleroy School". Building for Learning: Seattle Public School Histories, 1862-2000. Seattle Public Schools. OCLC 54019052. Republished online by HistoryLink by permission of the Seattle Public School District: Seattle Public Schools, 1862-2000: Fauntleroy School, HistoryLink, 2013-09-06, retrieved 2018-01-01

SC Energija

SC Energija is a Lithuanian ice hockey team that plays in the Belarusian Hockey League, the second level league in Belarus' ice hockey system. It is based in Elektrėnai; the team was founded in 1977. The team won the first four Lithuania Hockey League championships, while being undefeated in their first four seasons. Energija joined the new Eastern European Hockey League for the 1995–96 season, struggled mightily, winning only 6 of their 28 games in their first season, they never did well in the EEHL, their best finish being second in the B Group in 2002-03. In addition to the EEHL, they were given an automatic spot in the final in the Lithuanian Hockey League, winning the title in 1996, 1997, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003. Energija dropped out of the EEHL after one year before the league folded, they joined the Latvian Hockey League for the 2003-04 season, finished with a respectable 10-9-3 record, lost in the playoff semifinals. Energija had never advanced past the quarterfinals since and finished with a 1-41 record in the 2007-08 season.

Energija continued to dominate the Lithuanian League, winning it in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011. They have won 17 of the 20 Lithuanian Championships, winning 17 of the 18 they participated in, their only final loss was in the 2001-02 season, 9-6 to Garsu Pasaulis Vilnius. SC Energija on Facebook