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Unformatted text preview: MEDITERRANEAN EUROPE – Country Gov’t Capital Greece Republic Athens Italy Republic Rome Portugal Republic Lisbon Spain Const. Monarchy Madrid Of the 4 countries of Mediterranean Europe, only Italy & Spain enjoy substantial economic growth. Spain has attracted much foreign investment since joining the Common Market. Greece and Portugal, and Spain, to a lesser extent, have serious financial difficulties to overcome. Both Greece and Portugal have an urbanization rate of less than 65%. NORTHERN ITALY IS BOOMING: • Po River Basin Milan = Financial Genoa = Ships Turin = Autos/Steel Venice = Silks • Ample Rainfall • Hydroelectric Power • Skilled Labor Force SPAIN: • Coal • Iron Ore • Mercury, a world leader • Climate – “Florida” or “California” of Europe The Mediterranean region has few other natural resources. Portugal is a major supplier of CORK. The languages of all 4 countries are part of the INDO-EUROPEAN family, Romance Sub-family. This region’s people are mainly Roman Catholic, except the Greeks, who are Eastern Orthodox. BOUNDARIES OF EASTERN EUROPE – PHYSICAL – ON NORTH >> ESTONIA * + BALTIC SEA ON SOUTH >> GREECE & TURKEY + BLACK SEA ON EAST >> RUSSIA ON WEST >> GERMANY, AUSTRIA, & ITALY + ADRIATIC SEA * RECALL THAT ESTONIA IS PART OF NORDIC EUROPE: Language = Finno-Ugric Sub-family Ethnically = Nordic, especially Finnish Historically = part of Kingdom of Sweden BOUNDARIES OF EASTERN EUROPE – POLITICAL – Latvia - Lithuania - Poland - Russia face the Baltic Sea. Belarus - Czech - Hungary - Slovakia are part of the landlocked center. Albania - Bosnia-Hercegovina - Croatia - Kosovo* Macedonia * - Montenegro - Slovenia – Serbia ** face the Adriatic Sea. Bulgaria - Moldova *** - Romania Russia - Ukraine face the Black Sea. * Technically, Kosovo and Macedonia are landlocked. ** Serbia is now landlocked (by Montenegro) *** Moldova is also landlocked. EASTERN EUROPE – LANDFORMS – [consult Study Maps folder and / or comprehensive atlas] • Alpine System • Balkan Peninsula • Central Uplands • North European Lowlands MOUNTAINS – • Balkan • Carpathians • Dinaric Alps • Rhodope • Sudetens • Tatras • Transylvanian Alps PLAINS - BASINS – • Baltic Lake plains • Bohemian Basin • Hungarian Basin • Mazovian Plain • Silesian Plain • Transylvanian Basin •...
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course GEOG 140 taught by Professor (onlinecourse) during the Summer '11 term at Parkland.
- Summer '11