Topography of the Earth

Topography of the Earth

The animation presents the largest mountains, plains, rivers, lakes and deserts of the Earth.

Geography

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topography, Earth, landform, hills, mountain range, plain, desert, river, lakes, map knowledge, hydrography, blank map, continent, border, map, Earth globe, physical geography, nature

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Continents and oceans

Dry land on the surface of Earth is divided into continents which are separated by oceans.

Seafloor map

The boundaries of tectonic plates can be seen on the seafloor.

Seas and bays

This animation demonstrates the most important seas and bays.

Altitudinal zonation

In mountainous areas the climate, soil properties, the flora and fauna change depending on elevation.

Climate zones

The Earth is divided into geographical and climatic zones, which result in the zonation of vegetation.

Continental drift on a geological timescale

The Earth's continents have been in constant motion during the history of the planet.

Earth

The Earth is a rocky planet with a solid crust and oxygen in its atmosphere.

Earthquake

An earthquake is one of the most devastating natural phenomena.

Faulting (intermediate)

Vertical forces can break up layers of rock into fault blocks, which then move vertically along the fracture planes.

How do seas shape the Earth's surface?

Seawater, as an external force, plays an important role in shaping coastlines.

Monsoon wind system

In summer, monsoon winds bring heavy rainfall from the ocean to the continent.

Relief map of China

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Tectonic plates

Tectonic plates can move in relation to each other.

The development of lakes

Standing bodies of water can form in depressions on the surface by both endogenic and exogenic forces, as well as by human activity.

The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is an artificial waterway created to shorten shipping routes between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.

The structure of Earth (intermediate)

The Earth is composed of several spherical layers.

The Suez Canal

The Suez Canal is an artificial waterway connecting the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

Volcanic activity

This animation demonstrates different types of volcanic eruptions

Folding (intermediate)

Lateral compressive forces cause rocks to form folds. This is how fold mountains are formed.

Hotspots

Hotspots are areas of the Earth´s crust where magma often rises to the surface and causes volcanic activity.

Rivers and landforms

Rivers play an important role in shaping the Earth's surface: they cause erosion as well as carrying and depositing sediment.

Topographic map of Hungary

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