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The United Kingdom

  • United Kingdom: Topic Page
    Country in northwest Europe off the coast of France, consisting of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
  • England: Topic Page
    The largest and most populous portion of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • Northern Ireland: Topic Page
    Constituent part of the United Kingdom, in the northeast of the island of Ireland; area 13,460 sq km/5,196 sq mi.
  • Scotland: Topic Page
    Political division of Great Britain (1991 pop. 4,957,000), 30,414 sq mi (78,772 sq km), comprising the northern portion of the island of Great.
  • Wales: Topic Page
    Welsh Cymru, western peninsula and political division (principality) of Great Britain (1991 pop. 2,798,200), 8,016 sq mi (20,761 sq km).

Geographic Features

  • Channel Islands: Topic Page
    Archipelago (2005 est. pop. 156,000), 75 sq mi (194 sq km), 10 mi (16 km) off the coast of Normandy, France, in the English Channel. The main islands are Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, and Sark.
  • Cotswold Hills: Topic Page
    Range of limestone hills in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, and Bath and North East Somerset, England, 80 km/50 mi long, between Bath and Chipping Camden.
  • Dartmoor: Topic Page
    Plateau of southwest Devon, England; mostly a national park, 956 sq km/369 sq mi in area. Over half the region is around 300 m/1,000 ft above sea level.
  • Exmoor: Topic Page
    Moorland district in north Devon and west Somerset, southwest England, forming (with the coast from Minehead to Combe Martin) a national park since 1954.
  • Forth
    From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia
    River in central Scotland, with its headstreams, Duchray Water and Avondhu, rising on the northeast slopes of Ben Lomond. It flows east approximately 105 km/65 mi to Kincardine where the Firth of Forth begins.
  • Hebrides
    From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia
    Group of more than 500 islands (fewer than 100 inhabited) off the west coast of mainland Scotland; total area 2,900 sq km/1,120 sq mi.
  • Lake district: Topic Page
    Region in Cumbria, northwest England. It contains the principal English lakes, separated by wild uplands rising to many peaks.
  • Lough Neagh
    From Brewer's Britain and Ireland
    The largest lake in Ireland, and, at 396 sq km (153 sq miles), bigger by a factor in excess of five than anything Britain has to offer. It is surrounded by five of the six counties of Northern Ireland.
  • Mersey: Topic Page
    River in northwest England; length 112 km/70 mi. Formed by the confluence of the Goyt and Tame rivers at Stockport, it flows west through the south of Manchester, is joined by the Irwell at Flixton and by the Weaver at Runcorn, and enters the Irish Sea at Liverpool Bay.
  • New Forest: Topic Page
    A region of woodland and heath in S England, in SW Hampshire: a hunting ground of the West Saxon kings; tourist area, noted for its ponies.
  • North Sea: Topic Page
    Sea to the east of Britain and bounded by the coasts of Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Norway; part of the Atlantic.
  • Orkney Islands: Topic Page
    A group of over 70 islands off the N coast of Scotland, separated from the mainland by the Pentland Firth: constitutes an island authority of Scotland.
  • Peak district: Topic Page
    Elevated plateau of the south Pennines in northwest Derbyshire, central England; area 1,438 sq km/555 sq mi. It is a tourist region and part of it forms a national park.
  • Severn: Topic Page
    River in Britain, which rises on the slopes of Plynlimon, in Ceredigion, west Wales, and flows east and then south, finally forming a long estuary leading into the Bristol Channel; length 336 km/208 mi.
  • Shetland Islands: Topic Page
    Islands and unitary authority off the north coast of Scotland, 80 km/50 mi northeast of the Orkney Islands, an important centre of the North Sea oil industry, and the most northerly part of the UK.
  • Western Isles: Topic Page
    Island administrative unitary authority area in Scotland, also known as the Outer Hebrides, including the major islands of Lewis-with-Harris, North and South Uist, Benbecula, and Barra.

General Information - The British Empire & Commonwealth

  • Australia: Topic Page
    Country occupying all of the Earth's smallest continent, situated south of Indonesia, between the Pacific and Indian oceans.
  • Canada: Topic Page
    Independent nation (2001 pop. 30,007,094), 3,851,787 sq mi (9,976,128 sq km), N North America. Canada occupies all of North America N of the United States (and E of Alaska) except for Greenland and the French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon.
  • Falkland Islands: Topic Page
    British crown colony in the South Atlantic, 480 km/300 mi east of the Straits of Magellan; area 12,173 sq km/4,700 sq mi, made up of two main islands: East Falkland (6,760 sq km/2,610 sq mi) and West Falkland (5,413 sq km/2,090 sq mi); population (2001 est) 2,400.
  • India: Topic Page
    Country in southern Asia, bounded to the north by China, Nepal, and Bhutan; east by Myanmar and Bangladesh; northwest by Pakistan and Afghanistan; and southeast, south, and southwest by the Indian Ocean.
  • Isle of Man
    From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia
    Island in the Irish Sea, a dependency of the British crown, but not part of the UK; area 570 sq km/220 sq mi; population (2001) 76,300, almost 50% of which lives in the capital Douglas and nearby Onchan.
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