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World Geography WebQuest Learning Task (30 pts.

This assignment is due Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 9AM
 Go to
 Under Course Content…Web Codes…insert mjk-0015 then
press Go
 Left hand side of the page…under Course Content…click onto
 Select Infoplease Resources
○ Scroll down to Atlas
○ Find each of these countries located on this link
 Central Europe and Northern Eurasia
○ Spans two continents in the Northern Hemisphere
 Poland/Czech and Slovak Republics, and Hungry
 Balkan Peninsula/Baltic States
○ Baltic states and border nations along Russia’s western
edge were once republics within the Soviet Union.
 Russia
○ The world’s largest country…it stretches across ten (10)
time zones.

Answer the following questions:

1. Which capital cities are located on the Danube River?

Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, and Belgrade.

2. What capital city is located at 50 degrees N latitude? Kiev,


3. Which two rivers serve as Poland’s western border? The Oder

and Neisse River.

4. How did World War II change the ethnic diversity of Poland?

World War 2 changed the ethnic diversity by bringing a
population of Germans living in Poland.

5. How have political and economic conditions in the Czech

Republic changed since the 1980’s? Politically, Communist
rule was overthrown and in its place a parliament
democracy. Economically,

6. How have Romania’s economic activities changed since the end

of Communist rule? The minister has responded with
budget cuts to insure that the financial crisis will be
7. What natural resources have given Hungary an advantage in
establishing itself as an independent nation? Coal, bauxite,
and natural gas.

8. How does Hungary differ from the Czech and Slovak republics?
Hungary is a People’s Republic.

9. List the Baltic States and border Nations. The Baltic States are
Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The bordering countries
are Russia, Poland, and Belarus.

10.How has location affected the history and economies of the

Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia? The strategic
location of the Baltic States resulted in numerous
invasions and occupancies.

11.How did economic concerns contribute to civil war in the

Balkans? Everyone wanted a share of economic wealth,
which contributed to the civil war.

12.Which river flows through Poland’s capital? The Vistula River.

13.In Russia, which city is farther north, St. Petersburg or Moscow?

St. Petersburg

14.How do location and climate affect ecosystems in Russia? The

location and climate affects where people work and how
long, and determines what kind of crops are grown.

15.In 2014, what special event is going to be hosted in Sochi,

Russia? The Winter Olympics.

16.What line of longitude runs through the Ural Mountains and how
have they affected Russia? 60 00 East. They have affected
Russia in a positive way, a resource to the country’s
mineral wealth.

17.Why did the Russian people start a revolution in 1917? The

Russian people started a revolution in reaction to the
defection of the Petrograd garrison.

18.How did the end of Communist rule lead to changes in Russia?

Because of this, most of the Soviet Socialist Republics
were given their independence, binding them into one,
single economic federation.