Europe Physical Geography 4 major landforms dominate Northwest

Europe Physical Geography  4 major landforms dominate  Northwest

Europe Physical Geography

4 major landforms dominate Northwest Highlands North European Plain

Central Uplands Alpine System A Peninsula of Peninsulas

Iberian Spain and Portugal Italian (Ionian) Italy Balkan Greece, southern Slavs Scandinavian Norway,

Sweden Jutland - Denmark Importance of Water Long coastline with

many harbors Fjords of Norway Major Islands

Great Britain England, Wales, Scotland Ireland Islands

Sicily - Italy Sardenia - Italy Crete - Greece Iceland Malta

Corsica France Cyprus (Greek), Turkish Balearic Islands - Spain Extensive River

System most important Rhine Europes Danube important to Eastern Europe

Po northern Italy Thames London and southern England Elbe Germany Shannon - Ireland

Tagus - Spain Vistula - Poland Beautiful Mountains

and most extensive Alps highest Pyrenees rugged range between Spain and France

Carpathians found throughout Eastern Europe Balkans/Dinaric Alps southern Slavic republics down to Greece Apennines backbone of Italy

Kjolen Norway and Sweden Warm ocean currents effect climate

Despite its relatively high latitude 40 to 70 degrees North, climates are primarily temperate.

Gulf Stream-North Atlantic current brings warm water to Western Europe Climate Zones

Marine West Coast (Maritime) British Isles and many coastal areas of Western Europe Mediterranean much of

Southern Europe Humid Continental interior of the continent Climate Zones

Semi-Arid Iberian Peninsula Highland Alps SubArctic northern

Scandinavia Geographic Advantages Abundant natural resources

Arable land, rich fishing waters, iron and coal, extensive forests, wildlife for food and domestication, temperate climate

Centrality of global location Trade

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