British Studies


Section 1

Geography of the British Isles

Class 1. Physical Geography of the British Isles

Carefully study the map of the British Isles (source: "Historical Atlas" by William R. Shepherd, New York, Henry Holt and Company, 1923).


Geographic objects that you should know:

On sea:

  • Seas: North Sea, Irish Sea, Celtic Sea
  • Channels: English Channel, Strait of Dover (+ Russian equivalents for both), St. George's Channel, North Channel, Bristol Channel
  • Islands: Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, the Hebrides, Isle of Man, Isle of Anglesey, Isle of Wight


On land:

  • Rivers: Thames, Severn, Great Ouse, Trent, Tyne, Clyde
  • Surface Relief: Salisbury Plain, Chiltern Hills, Cambrian Mountains, Great Central Plain, Pennine Hills, Cheviot Hills, Southern Uplands, Central Lowlands, Grampian Mountains, North West Highlands
  • Lakes: Loch Ness, Loch Lomond


Blank map of the United Kingdom with county borders.


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