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GEOG_3762_Fall_2008_week2_outline - 9/18/08 1 GEOG 3762...

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9/18/08 1 GEOG 3762 Geography of Europe Fall 2008 Dr. Olaf Kuhlke Week 2 Review • Ideas of Europe • What is Europe about? • What distinguishes it? • What makes it different from the United States? • T.R. Reid • Reactions? European Landscapes • Physical Landscapes –Climate –Geomorphology –Hydrography • Cultural Landscapes –Cultural Attributes –Religion – Selected Aspects of the Cultural Landscape Physical Landscapes European Climates What’s significant about European Climates? • Location of Continent –Further to the North than US America –Climate classification: Koeppen • Gulf Stream –North Atlantic Circulation –Climate Change debate • Predominant Weather Patterns Grosswetterlagen (GWL) – Weather Patterns What makes the European Weather? 1 2 3 4 5 6
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9/18/08 2 What makes the European Weather? Contemporary European Climates Contemporary European Climates • A Climates = Tropical • B Climates = Subtropical • C Climates = Temperate • D Climates = Continental • E Climates = Polar • Subgroups indicate season changes in precipitation and temperature variation Contemporary European Climates Dominant European Climate Types • Cfb = Maritime Temperate = Fluctuating weather patterns, often overcast skies, high humidity, cool summers, warm winters • Dfb = Warm Summer Continental = Often Dryer summer than Cfb, cool, wet winter • Csa = Mediterranean Climate = Hot, Dry Summer, Wet, cool, rainy winter The Gulf Stream – North Atlantic Circulation Grosswetterlagen Predominant Weather Patterns • Dependent upon north/south movement of the Polar Front • Position of Highs and Lows over Europe • Drive or block the movement of Low Pressure Systems from the Atlantic Contemporary European Landscapes Contemporary European Landscapes General Divisions of the European Landscape • Mountains • Orogeny • Caledonian 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
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9/18/08 3 • Hercynian • Alpine Contemporary European Landscapes General Divisions of the European Landscape Caledonian • Northern Europe • Norway, Sweden, UK and Ireland • Cambrian (542-488 mya)
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2009 for the course GEOG 3762 taught by Professor Kuhlke during the Spring '09 term at University of Minnesota Duluth.

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