Social Studies - 2019-20

WG.7 b - Physical and Environmental Features of Europe

The student will analyze the characteristics of the European region by 

b) describing major physical and environmental features; 

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

Themes: 


What effect does Europe's physical geography have on its people?

Europe is composed of many peninsulas and islands.

Europe's landforms also include large plains and mountain ranges. 

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Europe is composed of many peninsulas, islands, large plains, and mountains. 

ESSENTIALS

Major physical and environmental features 

  • Part of large landmass called Eurasia 
  • Peninsulas: Iberian, Italian, Scandinavian, Balkan, Jutland 
  • Islands: Great Britain, Ireland, Sicily, Iceland 
  • Mountains: Alps, Pyrenees 
  • North European Plain 
  • Fjords 
  • Water features 
    • Rivers: Danube, Rhine, Seine, Volga 
    • Seas: Mediterranean, Baltic, Black, North, Aegean, Adriatic 
    • Oceans: Atlantic, Arctic 
    • Strait of Gibraltar 
  • Varied climatic regions: middle to high latitudes 
  • Effects of the North Atlantic Drift and prevailing westerlies on Europe’s climates 
  • Reclaimed land: Polders in the Netherlands

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jun 13, 2018