Exploring Our World: People, Places, and Cultures

Chapter 10: Physical Geography of Europe

Student Web Activity

"Northern European Plain"

In this chapter, you have learned about the landforms, waterways, and climate zones of Europe. The North European Plain is the largest landform on the continent. Learn more about the physical geography of the continent.

Destination Title: World Atlas: Major Landforms: Europe

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  • Click on the link above to take you to the World Atlas: Major Landforms of Europe page.
  • Study the map and read the section titled “North European Plain.”
  • Then, at the top of the page, click on "Europe." Under the head "Europe maps" click on "Rivers here!"
After exploring the maps, answer the following questions:

Why is the land in this area good for farming?
What physical landforms border the Northern European Plain?
What are the major rivers that flow through the Northern European Plain?
How might the location and landforms of the area influence the climate?
Using what you learned in your textbook and based on the region’s physical features, why do you think so many people settled here?
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