Europe is the second smallest continent on Earth, and unlike the other continents which are separated from the others or barely connected, Europe is connected to Asia and shares some natural features with it. Europe has several mountain ranges, forests, and valleys, though very little of the continent retains its natural habitats due to the size of the population, which is the second largest in the world, exceeded only by the population of the largest continent, Asia. Due to its position on the planet, most of Europe experiences a temperate climate with little variation except at the extreme northern and southern edge of the continent. Despite the small size, there are twenty-two countries on the continent and each is possessed of at least one, and oftentimes, several different cultures. This brief look at the geography of Europe is an excellent introduction to geography and to Europe. Fully illustrated with full color photos, only two maps of the continent are provided. Included at the end of the text is a glossary, a European almanac, an index, a timeline of important European events, and additional sources to consult. Part of the "Geography of the World Series." 2004, Child's World, Ages 7 to 10.