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§ 19. Geography of world transport. (textbook)

§ 19 The geography of world transport.



  1. What is a transportation hub?
  2. What type of transport and why are leading in Ukraine?
  3. What is meant by the concepts of "freight", "passenger"?

Transport and communications - Important areas of the world economy. Making cargo, passengers, transfer information in space, they provide the market exchange of goods and services between countries and regions, participate in shaping their economic specialization, contribute to the deepening of processes of cooperation production. Transportation and communication form the only regional, national and world markets. These two branches are called "circulatory the system "world economy. The role of these industries are so large that the level of their development to determine the level of development.

During the Age of Discovery (XV-XVI centuries.) Big role in forming a single world market has played a maritime transport. Only he could dopravyty goods from one continent to another. However, the "golden age" of transport it is only on the verge of XVIII-XIX. When  began development of capitalist relations. In capitalist method of production of products made exclusively for sale. Over time objectively deepening production specialization between different regions and countries, followed by activation of a commodity exchange between them. Along with that the search for cheaper raw materials and labor forces, not necessarily in their country. All this contributes to the development transport. There are new types of him: road and rail - late eighteenth - early nineteenth century., pipeline - the late nineteenth Art., aviation - the early twentieth century.

At the same time is gradual replacement of old types of engines for new  effective. Instead of sailing and sea-river vessels after invention of the steam engine came to Ferry (initially wheel, then screw), they changed the boat from the diesel engine. Steam carriage (1789) changed the first car with gas and then with Gasoline and diesel internal combustion engine. Parotyahy railroad gradually been replaced by diesel locomotives (diesel engine) and electric locomotives, and aircraft turbine - turbojet.

Glossary of Terms and Concepts

The modern world transportation system-  a complementary mix of different modes of transport: land (Road, rail), water (sea, river, lake), air (or air), underground (pipeline).

An absolute leader in the length of road is the road  transport (28 000 thousand km), due to its availability and relatively low cost. Sea transport is the second (10 500 thousand km)  thanks to huge spaces of the oceans and activation during past few decades, sea intercontinental traffic.

In sea transport accounts for 80% of cargo

The length of pipelines (oil pipelines - 760 thousand miles, gas - 1  200 thousand km) each year increases. Reaches a length of railways  250 000 km. Inland water transport (rivers and channels) has a small Length - 550 000 km.

For the characteristics of different modes of transport more often uses four parameters: the volume of cargo that transported (measured in tons) freight (ton-miles); volume of passengers who used the transport (passengers), passenger (Passenger-miles). The main freight and passenger feel. Over 3 / 5 of total world turnover ensures the sea Transport, 4 / 5 passenger - car.

Road construction

Because of the technological features of the construction, character loads and natural features of different regions in each of them is a leading one type of transport. For example, in most developed countries and many developing countries (primarily Latin America) as the main mode of transportation - automobile. In Russia, China, India traditionally advantage for rail, and countries Southwest Asia extraordinarily rich in oil and gas  - Pipeline. In Japan, Greece, Indonesia, Philippines, Chile, even in  domestic transportation leader is sea transport.

One of the main modes of transport is the railway. Today, the most rail network are countries with large areas - the U.S., Russia, China, India. About 30 countries do not have railways (Guinea, Nigeria, Burundi, Somalia, Chad, Rwanda, Lesotho, Guinea-Bissau Equatorial Guinea). The maximum density of railways are Belgium, Switzerland (200 km / 1000 km2), Germany and other European country. For the length of electrified railways in the world's leading Russia Germany, France, India, China. Share of electrified lines in most  countries with mountainous terrain, because the electric locomotive would be better to go up and down. In Russia it is 47%, in Ukraine - 40%, and the U.S. - 1  % In Australia and Canada in general they do not. A small portion electrified railway in the U.S. due to the tradition of the., when the oil companies trying to sell as many Oil, lobbied for the development of thermal power.

According to figures freight railway world leaders are the USA, China, Russia, characterized by significant disparities in development of individual regions. To "dozens" are also the leaders of India, Ukraine, Germany, Poland, France, Japan, Italy.

With passenger figures emit India, Japan, China, where travel by rail is traditionally cheap and convenient and therefore popular.

Among the latest trends in international rail transport -  creation of highways for passenger and mail transportation. Compared to such an extensive network of trails already built in Japan (Shinkansen), France (TGV), Germany ("Inter Continental" "Inter City"), the U.S. and Spain. Record speed of trains on those routes - 500 km / hr.

Construction Transaziatskoyi railroad connecting Istanbul and Singapore (14 thousand km) Trans-(4,9 thousand km), Transamerykanskoyi (3 thousand km) zaliznyi promote the development of economic ties, increase of economy and welfare of Asian America.

For the curious. The first railway in the world of steam locomotives on traction was built in 1825 in the UK (area Stockton - Darlington), and in 1930 the first commercial passenger train plied between Liverpool and Manchester. In the mid-nineteenth century. railroad appeared in France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Russia, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, India, Egypt, Australia, Brazil, Argentina. In 1913, the total length of railways was 1 100 thousand km,  roughly the same as today. Longest U.S. rail network had (409 thousand sq. km), Russian Empire (72), Germany (65) United Kingdom (40.8), France (39.6), Italy (34,7). Later railways, did not sustain competition with other species transport, has lost its value as part of the dismantled railway.

For the worldwide network of several types of typical railway track. In European countries, USA, Japan and many developing countries, extended track width 1435 mm, in Ukraine, Russia, Finland, Mongolia  - 1 520 mm, in most developing countries - 1667, 1 067, 1 000, 762 mm. Sometimes in one country there are several types of tracks. It reduces the efficiency of railway operation.

A significant contribution to passenger rail transport makes Subway. The first subway line appeared in 1863 in London (United Britain). London subway and most branchy in the world today. Longest Metro New York (over 450 km and more than 500 stations).

Road transport is not equally developed in different countries. On today with a total length of highways global leadership  by the United States, India and Brazil. In recent years a significant number of highways built in China. Over the length of routes paved the first place are the U.S., followed by Japan, France, Germany and other developed countries. Lowest security Roads typical of Africa (Sahara and Sahel region) South America (Amazonia, the Guinean Highlands, part of the Brazilian Highlands), Asia (Western China, Arabian Peninsula), South and eastern part of Russia, Australia (Great Australian desert region).

Most developing countries are more dirt roads. By long ways to express the highest class - hayveyah "," Autobahn "- secrete the U.S. and Germany. Maximum density of motor tract in developed countries with high population density and economic  activity - Japan, Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany.

German Autobahn

At the beginning of. world fleet was about 700 million units. and the number of cars is almost 2.5 times the number of trucks. Large fleet with developed countries: USA (207.5  million pcs.), Germany, France, Great Britain. Recently, much updated fleet of Italy and Spain. Rapidly increasing number individual cars in Russia, Brazil, Mexico, India, China. Expects that in 2025 world leaders in total cars will be China and India. The highest level of motorization (Number of cars per capita - sht./1000 persons) an developed countries (Luxembourg - 590 Italy - 560, USA - 520 Germany - 500 Australia - 490, New Zealand - 470, Austria - 460, Canada - 460 Switzerland - 460 France - 440). Lowest rates in India (5), China (3), Western, Central, East Africa (1-2).

Further development of road transport carried out by Rapid construction of motorways of international value and transcontinental highways.

The development of road transport began earlier than the development railway. The first way, otmostki stone yet appeared in France in Sixteenth century. They were called "highway" (literally "shod"), then the word and entered into other languages. The first way of bituminous concrete pavement appeared in Europe only in the first half of the nineteenth century. For several ages all ground transportation routes carried horse carriages. The first self-propelled truck with a steam engine invented in 1789 in France N.-F. Kan. Dawn of a modern car has come in 100 years when  four-wheeled cart for the first time set a gasoline engine combustion. Sharp has given impetus to automobile introduction in the early twentieth century. conveyor (H. Ford).

Tanker. U.S.

Pipeline transport - transport associated with intensive development of energy and chemical industry. Development began its  1963, when Pennsylvania (USA) was built first in the world  pipeline. In the late nineteenth - early twentieth century. Oil appeared in  all countries where the extracted oil. The rapid growth of oil falls to 50-years of the twentieth century. when core fuel  the world has oil. At that time, countries that possess oil reserves rapidly increased its production, while countries that did not have stocks increased demand for it.

The era of intensive construction of gas come later - in the 80  twentieth century. Today the longest network of oil and gas pipelines and have countries that produce carbohydrates and consuming countries of the raw materials.

Leaders in the length of main oil and gas pipelines - United States  Russia, Germany, Canada, Mexico, France, Italy, Argentina, UK. 2 / 3 of world piping is on North America.

Is the world's longest oil pipeline "Druzhba" (5,5 thousand km), Urengoy - Western Europe (4,5 thousand km), Canadian Reduoter - Port - Credit (4,8 thousand km), Edmonton - Montreal (3,2 thousand km), American Product pipeline Houston - New York (2,5 thousand km).

Construct and operate pipelines in the Mediterranean Gulf of Mexico, North Sea. Pipeline transportation dynamically evolve because there is a need in the transportation gas, oil extraction from places to places of consumption.

Maritime Transport forefront in providing international transportation.

Major ports are important links in the global transportation system

Today was officially the largest Navy owned Panama (5108 vehicles), Liberia (1477 vessels), Malta (1441). Go to the "twenty Leaders also includes the Bahamas, Greece, Cyprus, Singapore, Norway, China, Japan, Hong Kong, the Marshall Islands, United Kingdom U.S., India, Italy, Philippines, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda Islands, Turkey.

To measure the size of the Navy also used volume and weight. Volume index, or vodomistkist, measured in gross register tons (1 br.-reg. t - 2.83 m 3), weight,  or carrying capacity - in tonnes deadweight. Really maximum tonnage Navy owned U.S. (70 million br.-reg. tons) and Japan (50 br.-reg.  t). Traditionally, feature sea carriers will comply with Greece and Norway. At the end of the twentieth century. world sea trade fleet consisted of 39 thousand ships. About 30% of the total fleet - tankers, 25% - bulk carriers (ships for  bulk cargo).

The area to the most intensive maritime traffic usually becomes a region which has the highest level. Thus, in 70 years of the twentieth century. in connection with rapid development of Asia Pacific "center gravity "of shipping a move from the Atlantic Ocean in Pacific: its cargo turnover increased the ports of Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China, Taiwan.

Whole world at the beginning of the XXI century. There are more than 2,2 thousand large ports. The vast majority of large sea ports located in East Asia, Europe and the USA in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Major ports are usually transit that distribute loads between neighboring countries - Singapore, Rotterdam, Antwerp. Some ports form a powerful port complexes. Yes, to the port complex Tokyo can actually count ports Tokyo and Kawasaki, Yokohama, Yokosuka, Tiby, Los Angeles - actually in Los Angeles and Long Beach. In Because of the accelerated world trade among the major raw materials seaports of the world produce many specialized. Houston, Corpus Christi, suitcases (USA), processed oil cargo Damp'yer (Australia) - iron ore, Richards Bay (South Africa), Newcastle (Australia) - coal. The largest container port is Hong Kong, Singapore, Rotterdam, Kaohsiung, Busan.

The port of Rotterdam. Netherlands

For general cargo to the ten largest ports in the beginning of. includes Shanghai, Ningbo, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Hong Kong, Qinhuangdao (China), Singapore (Singapore), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Houston (USA).

In today's global shipping industry is traditionally a big role play international channels. Total built their four: Suez (Egypt), Panama (Panama), Kiel (Germany), Corinthian (Greece).

Perspective development of maritime transport related to construction air-cushion vessels, with nuclear power plants; containerships, which will transport containers and lighters.

Seaport New York

Inland water (river and lake) are used as transport in  within the country and for international transport. In his position affect the natural features of the territory - the presence of navigable rivers and lakes, and artificial channels and reservoirs. Today, most goods and  passengers rivers, lakes, canals carrying in North (U.S., Canada) and Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France). Under the most intensive use for shipping River: Mississippi River tributary of St. Lawrence in North America; Rhine  Knave, Meuse, Elbe, Danube, Oder, Vistula, Seine, Loire, Garonne, in the Rhone Europe. Among other countries than highly developed domestic Water transport in Russia and China.

In some regions, the significant role played by international river systems: Rhine and Danube in Europe, the St. Lawrence in North America, Amazon  Parana in Latin America, Mekong, Ganges, Indus, Irrawaddy - in Asia Congo, Nile, Niger - Africa. Major shipping channels in the world built in the U.S. (Coastal and Erie Canal), China (Greater China) Germany (Rhine-Main-Danube Serednonimetskyy, Dortmund-Ems), France (Central, Burgundy, Eastern), Russia (Volga-Baltic, White Sea-Baltic).

Global leadership in terms of cargo on lakes is American Great Lakes system - the largest international system. Status of the world s largest river port has Duisburg (Germany) called the "western gate Ruru. At first he recycles at least  50 million tons of cargo. Major river port is also Cologne (Germany), Memphis, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati (USA).

Developed countries will improve inland waterway transport. This will make transport of larger volumes of goods more economical. A developing countries, try to master the large river systems South America and Africa, revitalize their economic and social development.

Air transport began to develop only on the border of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is far the largest fast, but nayvartisnym mode of transport. It has large importance for international traffic and for countries with a large territory. Among individual countries on the development of air transport emit USA. They have not only the largest airlines, but also the most powerful fleet (3 / 4 aircraft developed countries). The U.S. is the largest airports (at Atlanta - Hertsfild, Chicago - O'Hare, Los Angeles). In  Europe's largest airport is the United Kingdom (London - Heathrow) Germany (Frankfurt / Main - Rhine-Main), France (Paris - name Charles de Gaulle). In Asia - Japan (Tokyo - Haneda). Comparatively high level of development of air transport has reached the UK, Japan, Germany, France, Brazil, Russia, Italy, Canada and Australia. The largest number of passengers per year make the airports of Atlanta, Chicago, London, Tokyo, Paris.

Franco-British Concorde - the world's only supersonic passenger airliner, which carried out during 1930 transatlantic air

Air transport will be developed through the improvement and modernization of rolling stock, increasing the speed of transportation.

Connect. How fair is considered one of the most important sectors world economy, which provides the transfer, receive mail, telephone, telegraph, radio and other communications.

Methods of communication have changed with the development of science and technology. In the mid-seventeenth century. France became a regular work Postal Service, and in 1840 the UK had the first post mark. In addition, in the nineteenth century. invented new technical means communication: the telegraph (1832), telephone (1876) and radio (1895). In 1914 launched its first radio station in the world "Lokren" (Belgium). In 30 years of the twentieth century. telephone cable was laid along the bottom Atlantic Ocean, thus was a direct link between Europe Yi America. In 30 years of the twentieth century. the world market come television. In 1940, television was only in 6 countries, and now it operates in almost all countries.

The first effective electric communication was the telegraph. Two-way communication through a telephone. Radio made the connection without networks of wires, for use moving subjects.

Now the media are divided into three major groups - cable, and satellite radio. Service information can be broadcasting (radio, television) and general use (phone, fax, facsimile, e-mail).

Network Communications International

The development of communication satellite as an influence. Satellites placed in geostationary orbit (orbit Clark - 36 thousand km above the equator). One such satellite that "hangs" over the earth surface (rotating at the same rate as the Earth around its axis), provides the reception of a third of Earth's surface that it can be seen from  space. Satellite communications today satisfies 2 / 3 of world communication needs. Rapidly growing global telecommunications market services. Becoming more common communication over the Internet.

Terrestrial communication systems developed using optical fiber technology. Fine fiber (as a human hair) provides thousands of phone calls. A shift from analog technology to digital transmission, which significantly improves quality and amount of gear. Rapidly growing mobile communications system (Cellular).

The level of development of all modern forms of communication (radio, television, telephone, Internet) world leading developed countries - USA, Japan, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy. In recent years, to them joined by large developing countries - China, Brazil, India.