What are the 4 main landscapes?
The Earth’s surface is a complex and dynamic place where natural and human influences shape the land. The landscape is the dynamic backdrop to our lives, a unique environment for living and a way to understand and appreciate where we are.
Landscapes are different areas of the world and vary in size, shape, colour and texture. They are made up of natural geographical features and other things that shape the land like rivers, mountains and deserts.
What are some examples of these landscapes?
Have a think of your summer holiday, did you see any landscapes?
A beach is a strip of land between the mainland and the sea, it is constantly shaped by the tides.
Mountain is a hill or mountain range, it is a distinctive landform that is usually visible from a distance.
Wetlands are a large natural area that is made up of water, they occur naturally in every continent except Antarctica. They are a diverse ecosystem and are home to many different types of plants and animals.
Plains are flat sweeping landscapes that are mostly found along the bottom of valleys or on the doorstep of mountains. They also occur as coastal plains and as plateaus or uplands.
They are formed as a result of tectonic forces and the action of other natural processes such as weathering and erosion. They are affected by changes in temperature, wind and rain. These changes are sometimes triggered by natural disasters such as earthquakes, storms and heavy rainfall.