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A P ENINSULA OF P ENINSULAS European Geography. F OUR M AJOR L ANDFORMS Northwest Highlands Northern European Plain Central Uplands Alpine Mountain System.

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1 A P ENINSULA OF P ENINSULAS European Geography

2 F OUR M AJOR L ANDFORMS Northwest Highlands Northern European Plain Central Uplands Alpine Mountain System

3 N ORTHWEST H IGHLANDS Make up Northwestern part of France; some of the Iberian peninsula; hills of England and Ireland; Scottish highlands; and mountains of Scandinavia Glaciers scoured through Scandinavia and British Isles carving fjords on Norway’s coast

4 N ORTHWEST H IGHLANDS C ONTINUED Fjords are narrow inlets of the sea set between high rocky cliffs The glaciers left behind thin soils and thousands of lakes

5 N ORTHERN E UROPEAN P LAIN Ranges from the Atlantic Coast to the Ural Mountains Made up of numerous rivers where many river towns and port cities have developed Contains large cities like Paris and Berlin Due to its physical geography, human contact has been relatively easy – it has many rivers, short distances, and smooth terrain

6 N ORTHERN E UROPEAN P LAIN C ONTINUED Such a geography has promoted trade between culture groups, and traveling and migrating have not been difficult It is Europe’s most important farming and industrial area

7 C ENTRAL U PLANDS Massif Central of France and the Jura Mountains on the French-Swiss border Moves northeastward across southern Germany to the Bohemian highlands

8 C ENTRAL U PLANDS C ONTINUED Composed of hills, small plateaus, forested slopes, and fertile valleys Has productive coal fields which have nearby industrial towns and cities

9 A LPINE M OUNTAIN S YSTEM Ranges from France’s Mediterranean Coast to the Balkan Peninsula Alps – Europe’s major mountain range The high mountains of this system have not deterred human interaction; not a serious barrier

10 A LPINE M OUNTAIN S YSTEM C ONTINUED The Alpine mountain system also includes the Carpathian mountains in Eastern Europe, the Apennines in Italy, and the Pyrenees of France and Spain This system was formed by tectonic plates pushing against each other

11 W ATER Europe is a peninsula so it is surrounded by water on 3 sides The Mediterranean is in the South; the Arctic Ocean, North Sea, and Baltic Sea are around Northern Europe; and the North Atlantic Ocean is off of Western Europe

12 W ATER The North Sea has been an important hub for fishing and trading The North Atlantic Ocean has transported explorers, fishers, and merchants for centuries

13 E UROPE ’ S C OASTLINE Europe’s coastline creates many natural harbors which are usually located at the mouths of navigable rivers Navigable rivers are deep enough and wide enough for shipping They have made trading by sea ideal

14 E UROPE ’ S C OASTLINE C ONTINUED Such a coastline has influenced Europe’s history Harbors have offered protection for ships Water offered opportunities to explore, fish, trade, and it promoted political and military power The Phoenicians, Greeks, and Vikings sailed and explored Europe’s coastline Helped Rome establish a vast empire

15 E UROPE ’ S C OASTLINE C ONTINUED The sea also provided global colonial and economic power Spanish and Portuguese sailed around the world in the 1500s setting up trading posts and colonies 1700s and 1800s Great Britain was the world’s dominant colonial and sea power How did the ability to travel the sea help establish empires?

16 R IVERS The Rhine and Danube are Europe’s most important rivers Numerous cities and industrial areas are located long the banks and both have barges constantly transporting goods The Rhine starts in the Swiss Alps; it flows northwestward through Germany and the Netherlands to the North Sea The Danube starts in the uplands of southern Germany and flows eastward through 9 countries in central and eastern Europe and ends in the Black Sea

17 C LIMATES AND B IOMES 3 major climate types: Marine west coast Humid continental Mediterranean

18 M ARINE W EST C OAST Consists of more of northern and western Europe which includes southern Iceland, the British Isles, and it stretches from northern Spain to Poland and Slovakia It has frequent rainfall because of storms coming off of the Atlantic Mild temperatures Cloudy, drizzly, or foggy days are common

19 H UMID C ONTINENTAL Includes the interior of Norway and Sweden to the Black Sea Four distinct season, from severe winters to summer droughts in Hungary and Romania

20 M EDITERRANEAN Makes up most of southern Europe Usually has mild, rainy winters because of North Atlantic Drift and sunny summers North Atlantic Drift is a warm ocean current from the gulf stream in North America that warms the air above it which is carried by winds to Europe, brining mild temperatures and rain

21 S MALLER C LIMATE R EGIONS Subarctic climate is across northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland The extreme northern part of these countries have a tundra climate Most of Spain has a semiarid climate

22 F OUR M AJOR B IOMES Temperate forest Mediterranean scrub forest Boreal forest Tundra

23 T EMPERATE F OREST Most of Europe lies within this biome Trees are common Covered in fields and towns Once covered in dense forests but now there are only remnants Badgers, deer, and a variety of birds still live here

24 M EDITERRANEAN S CRUB F OREST Composes the drier areas of southern Europe Small trees, shrubs, and drought resistant plants Still has roaming wild boars and wild sheep

25 B OREAL F OREST Large parts of northern and central Europe Finland, Norway, and Sweden have Europe’s remaining woodlands Provides much of Europe’s timber for building and papermaking

26 T UNDRA In the far parts of northern Europe like Iceland and northern Scandinavia Land is frozen most of the time Treeless but does sustain migratory birds during the summer and reindeer and foxes

27 N ATURAL R ESOURCES Europe’s resources consist of forests, soils, fisheries, energy, and minerals Much of the original forests have been cleared through the centuries and pollution has destroyed a lot that is left Much of Europe has to import timber

28 N ATURAL R ESOURCES C ONTINUED Soil has been a critical asset to Europe – more than half of Europe is used for farming Northern European Plain has the best soil, some of which is developed from loess – fine-grained, windblown soil; very fertile Southern Europe benefits from alluvial soil that can produce a wide range of crops – areas like Italy’s Po Valley and Spain’s Guadalquivir are major farming centers

29 N ATURAL R ESOURCES C ONTINUED Some major crops include grapes, olives, potatoes, and wheat Europe has the highest crop yields in the world because of modern technology Chemical fertilizers Crop rotations Modern machinary

30 N ATURAL R ESOURCES C ONTINUED Polders Land reclaimed by the sea The Dutch built earthen walls called dikes along the shoreline Windmills pumped out the seawater Reeds are planted to draw out more water Reeds are burned and plowed so its ready for farming Allowed Dutch to increase amount of available farm land

31 N ATURAL R ESOURCES C ONTINUED Fishing as historically been a part of Europe’s economy Fishing villages dot Europe’s long coastline and the water is covered in fishing boats The North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans and the North Sea have the best fishing Some of Europe’s major fishing countries include Iceland, Norway, Spain, and Denmark The industry is being threatened by overfishing and pollution

32 N ATURAL R ESOURCES C ONTINUED Energy and Minerals Europe’s advanced technology requires resources of oil, iron, and other metals that it does not have so it must import Does have a natural abundance of coal but oil has since replaced coal as the main energy source Beneath the North Sea there are oil and natural gas deposits which benefit Norway and Britain Hydroelectricity is an energy source produced in the mountains of Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland

33 N ATURAL R ESOURCES C ONTINUED Ocean Tidal power and solar power are produced in France Iceland uses geothermal energy Nuclear power is also an energy source for some Europeans but it is considered too dangerous Some other mineral resources include iron ore, uranium, lead, and zinc which can be found in Sweden, France, and Spain Southern Europe mines marble for building and art


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