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Europe. Europe is the second-smallest continent; only bigger than Australia Third-most populous continent with ~733 million people Contains 50 independent countries. “Peninsula of peninsulas”. Some see Europe as a peninsula of the Eurasian continent

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europe
Europe

Europe is the second-smallest continent; only bigger than Australia

Third-most populous continent with ~733 million people

Contains 50 independent countries

peninsula of peninsulas
“Peninsula of peninsulas”
  • Some see Europe as a peninsula of the Eurasian continent
    • Peninsula: A piece of land bordered by water on three sides
  • Contains many smaller peninsulas, such as:
      • Balkan
      • Italian
      • Iberian
      • Scandinavian
europe s lowlands
Europe’s lowlands
  • Much of Europe is made up of grassland and forests
    • Only real desert areas are in Spain
  • Very fertile land for farming
  • Western Europe is made of hilly grasslands and mountains
  • Europe’s great plains are concentrated in the east
europe s rivers
Europe’s Rivers
  • Unlike China and India, Europe was NOT one of the early river civilizations
  • However, Europe’s rivers were vital to Europe’s growth
    • Provided transportation, farmland, and trade routes
  • Europe’s longest rivers are the Volga and the Danube
europe s mountains
Europe’s mountains
  • Europe has several ranges of Mountains
    • Alps (Northen Italy)
    • Caucasus (Southern Russia)
    • Pyrenees (Northern Spain)
    • Ural (Central Russia)
  • Europe’s mountains are smaller than those of Asia
    • Mt. Elbrus is Europe’s tallest mountain at 18,510 ft
  • Have still served as barriers to travel
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