I will present three or more ideas, citing textual evidence that answers the essential question, “How do both the Physical Geography and the Human Geography contribute to the areas of Europe and Russia?” and close with how it relates to today.
First, a huge landmass called Eurasia is an area that Europe and Russia occupy. In Unit 4, Section 1, it says, “Europe and Russia occupy part of the huge landmass called Eurasia... It is so large that geographers divide it into two continents, Europe and Asia.” The landmass stretches from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Europe is the second smallest continent and is surrounded by oceans and seas. Asia is the continent that borders it to the east. Russia is the world’s largest country. It spreads across both Europe and Asia. Western Russia is in Europe and eastern is in Asia and the Ural Mountains are the dividing line.
Second, Europe has interesting geographical features that make it unique. In Unit 4, Section 2, it says, “On a map, the European landmass looks like a giant peninsula attached to Eurasia.” There are other landmasses that jut out of Europe such as the Balkan Peninsula, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Scandinavia. There are also several big islands around Europe. Much of Europe is also made up of the European Plain. This plain is one of the largest expanses of flat land. It stretches 2500 miles from East to West. Europe has very unique geographical features that make it unique.
Third, a large portion of Russia is made up of plains. In Unit 4, Section 2, it says, “Much of Russia also lies on broad plains.” Russia starts at the Ural mountains and spreads east across Asia. Western Russia is made up of the Northern European Plain. Eastern Russia is known as Siberia. Siberia is home to the West Siberians Plain. There are many lakes and swamps on this plain. The Central Siberian Plateau has many rivers that run through narrow canyons. Russia is home to the oldest and deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal. This lake holds one-fifth of the world’s freshwater. In the winter Lake Baikal is covered in ice three feet wide.
In conclusion, Eurasia is a huge landmass that occupies Europe and Asia, and Europe and Russia both have interesting geographical features. Europe has many peninsulas, islands, and the European Plain while Russia is made up of two large plains and a plateau with many lakes, rivers, and swamps. Russia also holds the largest and deepest lake. This relates to today because humans are still tearing apart the environment putting houses, oil plants, cities, buildings, all that stuff. Someday all of these interesting and unique geographical features may be all gone.