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Why are some countries LEDC's and some MEDC's?

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Year 11 Development a.f.l "Why are some countries LEDC's and some MEDC's?" Across the world there are many different countries that are currently in different states of development, some major developed and some unfortunately less developed. However it has become easier to separate these countries into two categories - LEDC's (less economically developed) and MEDC's (more economically developed). As this map shows, the majority of MEDC's are north of the equator; most of Europe, USA and Asian countries such as Korea. South of the equator situates nearly all LEDC's such as South America (Brazil could be debated due to rising levels of secondary trade); however some countries such as Australia disturb the trend. One of the reasons that nearly all LEDC's lay south of the equator could be that climate could effect, prevent development in the forms of natural disasters. The most recent large scale disaster being the Boxing Day tsunami 2004, known by the scientific community as the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake. A huge undersea earthquake occurred at 7:58: local time December 26, 2004 with an epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The earthquake triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most countries bordering the Indian Ocean, killing large numbers of people and inundating coastal communities across South and Southeast Asia, including parts of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand. ...read more.


This blister causes a very painful burning sensation, and, within 24 to 72 hours of its appearance, will rupture, exposing one end of the emergent worm. To relieve the burning sensation, infected persons often immerse the affected limb in water. Infected individuals usually wind the emergent worm around a small stick; however, they dare only pull out a few centimeters of worm each day, lest the worm break. If the worm breaks, the individual will experience a painful and serious reaction that may include anaphylaxis. Without surgical intervention, the process of removing the worm usually takes weeks or months. Again there are more conditions similar to the Guinea Worm, that are very costly to take care of, especially when water close to locations that are densely populated. Throughout history many MEDC's took opportunity to expand on their empire and the land they owned. They had done this by often creating new settlement at LEDC's which were not prepared to take the action in preventing this. The new settlements were labeled colonies. These colonies usually focused on natural resources that could be made useful (in manufacturing or finance). ...read more.


The South Korean economy has advanced rapidly since the 1950s and is now the 11th largest economy in the world. South Korea is also one of the world's most technologically advanced and digitally-connected countries; it has the third most broadband Internet users among the MEDC countries and is a global leader in electronics, digital displays, and mobile phones. South Korea is the largest shipbuilder in the world in terms of tonnage. An example of a president that is quite the opposite of how Park Chung Hee worked is the current prime minister of Zimbabwe - Robert Mugabe. A Zimbabwe politician he has been the head of government in Zimbabwe since 1980, first as Prime Minister and later as first executive President. Throughout his career, Mugabe has espoused pan-Africanism and African independence and unity. In recent years, Mugabe has attracted international criticism for alleged mishandling of land reforms, economic mismanagement, and a deteriorating human rights situation in Zimbabwe. Mugabe, however, attributes the country's current hyperinflation and negative growth to Western sanctions and the legacies of white minority rule. It seems that Mugabe has his priorities in the wrong order and prefers to take care of his personal lifestyle/finances meanwhile the country he leads is in a state of uncertainty. Not a good example of developing a country. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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