There are two large islands and several smaller ones, which
lie in the north-west coast of Europe. Collectively they are
known as the British Isles. The largest island is called Great
Britain. The smaller one is called Ireland. Great Britain is
separated from the continent by the English Channel. The
country is washed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Great
Britain is separated from Belgium and Holland by the North
Sea, and from Ireland — by the Irish Sea.
In the British Isles there are two states. One of them governs
of the most of the island of Ireland. This state is usually
called the Republic of Ireland. The other state has authority
over the rest of the territory.
The official name of this country is the United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. But it is usually
known by a shorter name — "The United Kingdom". The total
area of Great Britain is 244,000 square km.
They say that the British love of compromise is the result
of the country's physical geography. This may or may not
be true, but it certainly true that the land and climate in
Great Britain have a notable lack of extremes. The mountains
in the country are not very high. It doesn't usually get very
cold in the winter or very not in the summer.
It has no active volcanoes, and an earth tremors which does no more than rattle teacups in a few houses which is reported in the
national news media. The insular geographical position of
Great Britain promoted the development of shipbuilding,
different training contacts with other countries.
1. Where is Great Britain situated?
2. What is the total area of Great Britain?
3. What is the official name of this country?
4. Is Great Britain a mountainous country?
5. What's the result of the country's physical geography?