Europe Atlas Exercise Key


1. Turn to the Table of Contents.  In the World Thematic Maps section find the page number for the Tectonics, Volcanics, Earthquakes map.  Turn to this map and interpret it to answer the following questions.


      What kind of plate boundary is in the eastern Mediterranean Sea? __convergent______________


      What process occurs at this boundary? ____subduction____________


      Which of Europe’s landform regions did this process create? ____Alps______________


2. Now use the Climate Regions map to answer the following questions.


      Chico’s latitude is ~40°N.  Which 5 European countries share this latitude? _______Portugal, Spain, Italy, Albania, Greece, Turkey _____


      The British Isles, SW Scandinavia, and much of Western Europe have the same climate found in what part of


      the western US? __Pacific Northwest____What is the name of this climate? ____Marine West Coast______



3. Now look the Table of Contents again. .  In the Europe section of the Regional Maps find the page number for the Europe Population map.  Turn to this map and interpret it to answer the following questions.


      What would be a more precise name for this map? ____Europe Population Density_________________


      What regions of Europe are most sparsely populated? _Scandinavia, Alps, Pyrenees, Interior of Iberian Peninsula, Carpathians_____


      Why? __These regions limit human settlement possibilities with their arid, mountainous, cold characteristics____


      Europe’s region of greatest population density resembles a “T” that stretches from Glasgow to Sicily and from   Lille to Kiev.  Look through your atlas and find two maps that, at least partially, explain this density       distribution. Explain your choice of maps.   


      First map: _The Minerals map shows that much of this T includes industrial areas located there because of the presence of minerals or rivers.


      Second map: __The region from Sicily to Glasgow includes a large section of cropland in a  moist climate or in locations suitable for  irrigation with Alps snow melt.