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Major Natural Curiosities – Part 7

One of the natural wonders of Europe Europe is, conventionally, one of the world’s seven continents. Geographically, it is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia. Europe is generally divided from Asia to its east by the water divide of the Ural Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian Sea, and by the Caucasus Mountains to the southeast. Europe is washed upon to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the Black Sea and the waterways connecting it to the Mediterranean. Europe’s north, south and west geographic borders are clearly defined. One of its precise eastern limits is Bosporus, but it is not fully clear as to the rest of its exact geographical eastern limit. The caucasus mountains are most likely the rest of its eastern limit. Europe is the world’s second-smallest continent by surface area, covering about 10180000 square kilometres (3930000 sq mi) or 2% of the Earth’s surface and about 6.8% of its land area. Of Europe’s approximately 50 states, Russia is the largest by both area and population, while the Vatican is the smallest. Europe is the third most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of 731000000 or about 11% of the world’s population; however, according to the United Nations, Europe’s share will fall to 7% in 2050, numbering 653000000. Europe is the birthplace of Western culture. European nations played a predominant role in global affairs from the 16th
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