Continental Part of Europe (19 early 20 centuries)
Sambre-Meuse Rivers Area (Belgium-France)
Saar (Germany France)
The Ruhr and Saxon Triangle (Germany)
Silesia (Poland, Czech Republic)
Po Valley (Italy)
Donbass (Ukraine Russia)
School of Geography & Earth Sciences
GEOG 3RW3 GEOGRAPHY OF A SELECTED WORLD REGION:
Spring/Summer Term 2, 2013
Instructor: Dr. Sergei Basik
Office Location: General Science Building, Room 305
GEOGRAPHY OF A SELECTED WORLD REGION:
Lecture 1. Introduction to the Course.
Regional Prospective: The Map of Africa
June 25, 2013
1. General Introduction to the Course
2. Regional prospective
2.1. The Term Afric
Lecture 3. Physical Geography: Climate. Rivers and Lakes.
July 2, 2013
1.1 Climatic Factors
1.1. Climatic Factors
A. Geographic Location (Latitude)
The latitude of a place de
Lecture 2. Physical Geography:
Geological Structure and Relief.
June 27, 2013
1. Geological Structure
Continental Drift and Africa
Noticed evidence of ancient glaciers (Permian, Carboniferous) in S. America, Africa, Australia, India
Chapter 1, pp. 22-24
Countries have underwent name changes since or after independence
16 African states are landlocked most share a colonial indifference and neglect
Exception to this pattern of colonial neglect is Uganda described by Winston
Lecture 4. Physical Geography:
Biomes and Protected Areas. Environmental Issues. July 4, 2013
1. Biomes and Protected Areas.
2. Environmental Issues.
1. Biomes and Protected Areas.
Biome - a major region where different natural components (climate
The third largest European country by area (after Russia and Ukraine), and the
largest country in Western Europe
The second-largest economy in Europe in terms of nominal GDP (after Germany),
and the fifth largest in the world.
Group of countries: Norway (non EU), Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland (non-EU)
Three kingdoms and two republics
Northernmost part of Europe (Reykjavik is northernmost national capital in the world)
Geographically isolated region (water/ai
Physiographically, The Balkans is the name of the mountains in Bulgaria. But the
name expanded to the peninsula as well (The Balkan Peninsula)
Nine countries: former Yugoslavia (6 + territory of Kosovo), Albania, Romania,
The United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Antrim: Area in Northern Ireland walking area of giants. The reason we have these columns
ancient volcanic eruptions.
Location and Composition:
Two independent countries:
Europe invented the nation-state: the state where the great majority is conscious of a
common identity and share the same culture. (For example. Poland 90% Polish).
Russia is different. It is poly-ethnic.
The nation-state is an area wh
The Benelux Countries.
Benelux is an economic union of states comprising three neighbouring Western European
monarchies: Benelux = Belgium + Netherlands + Luxembourg
The Benelux - the Hub of European Supranationalism.
However, the Netherlands voted no
The Alps: Switzerland and Liechtenstein
The Swiss Confederation (Confoederatio Helvetica, founded 13 century).
o Consist of 26 cantons. Provinces in Switzerland, they call cantons.
o Switzerland is the geographical center of Western Europe.
Southern Europe: Spain and Portugal.
All countries had similar political past in 20 century (dictatorships)
Spain is the only monarchy in the region
Three countries have the highest unemployment rate in the EU (Spain -25%,
Greece 24%, Portugal 14-15%)
Guest workers migrant workers from other countries, usually doing low-wage work
(Gastarbeiter in Germany - mostly from Turkey)
There are several major migration flows associated with colonial legacies
The UK India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and The
o Germany national name Deutschland (=land of people)
o A federal republic 16 Lander (in German language) (lands) and the city of Berlin.
The largest is Bayern.
o Most populous country in Western Europe (Popular question on e