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THE UNITED KINGDOM IS LOCATED OFF THE NORTHWEST COAST OF
EUROPE, COVERING AN AREA OF 244,100SQ KM. THE ATLANTIC
OCEAN SURROUNDS THIS ISLAND. THE UNTIED KINGDOM'S TERRAIN
MAY BE SPLIT UP EVENLY INTO LOWLANDS AND UPLANDS.

ENGLAND HAS THREE MAJOR HILL AREAS, REACHING ABOVE 914M IN
THE WEST, SOUTHWEST AND NORTH, WHILE THERE ARE TWO LOWLAND
AREAS BELOW 305M TO THE EAST AND SOUTHEAST. THE PENNINE
RANGE RUNS FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, AND INCLUDES SCAFELL PIKE
AT 978M. SCAFELL PIKE IS THE HIGHEST POINT IN ENGLAND. THE
TWO PRINCIPAL RIVERS ARE THE THAMES AND THE SEVERN.

SCOTLAND MAY BE DIVIDED INTO THREE GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS.
THE FIRST BEING THE NORTHERN HIGHLANDS. HERE LIES THE GREAT BEN
NEVIS, THE HIGHEST POINT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AT 1342M.
THE CENTRAL LOWLANDS REACHING ABOVE 152M AND THE SOUTHERN
UPLANDS RISING TO A HEIGHT OF 853M. THREE OF THE MAIN
RIVERS ARE THE CLYDE, SPEY AND THE TWEED.

WALES IS COVERED MOSTLY BY THE CAMBRIAN MOUNTAINS. AT
1085M, LIES MOUNT SNOWDOWN, WALES HIGHEST PEAK. THE
PRINCIPAL RIVERS ARE THE DEE, TYWI AND THE TEIFI.

NORTHERN IRELAND IS MADE UP OF LOWLANDS AND HILLS NEVER
RISING ABOVE 183M. IT ALSO IS THE HOME OF THE UNITED
KINGDOM'S LARGEST LAKE AT 400 SQ. KM, LOUGH NEAGH. THE
FOYLE, BANN AND THE ERNE ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT RIVERS.

POPULAR CITIES:
LONDON | MANCHESTER | EDINBURGH | CARDIFF | NEWCASTLE
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