The population of Eastern Europe
- Why did the population of Eastern Europe decline following World War 2? Expain your anser in a paragraph with supporting examples.
- What accounts for the extreme variations in temperature and low levels of percipitation that occur in much of the interior of Russia?
- Identify four characteristics that made the Northern European Plain attractive to early settlers and list the advantages for each.
- Read the excerpt from an article the global water crisis. Do you think Northern European countries have done enough to protect the Baltic Sea ecosystem? Write a paragraph explaining your reasoning, using examples to support your response.
“But there is a new danger to the eagle and many other marine species:An explosion of microscopic algae called phytoplankton has inundated the Baltic’s sensitive waters, sucking up oxygen and choking aquatic life. Though a natural phenomenon at a smaller scale, these blooms have recently mushroomed at an alarming rate, fed by nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen from agricultural fertilisers and sewage.”
-James Owen, ”World’s Largest Dead Zone Suffocating Sea,” National Geographic News, March5, 2010