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SWITZERLAND!

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Mansi Narula

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Transcript of SWITZERLAND!

SWITZERLAND
by: Mansi
Basic Facts
Now lets move on to the main part of this presentation...
But before that...
Lets Find Switzerland...
Almost there....
FINALLY here! :)
How have people adapted/responded to their local physical environment?
Human Activities and their impact on the physical environment
Things us humans do can have a great impact on our surrounding physical environment. Lets take a look to see some human activities that can affect the physical environment of Switzerland.
Forestry:
Around 31% of Switzerland is covered by woodland, so if you can guess there is a lot of forestry! The Swiss built their homes out of wood and then used wood to heat their homes. Over 90,000 jobs in Switzerland depend on timber in one way or another. So altogether wood is used A LOT! This forestry has a great impact on the physical environment. Switzerland has great forestry with many trees and plants, and with more forestry, the physical environment of Switzerland will keep getting better and better.
Farming:
Switzerland has around 1,055,684 ha (2,608,652 acres) in agricultural use. So about 11% of the country's total land is under permanent or seasonal crops.

The physical environment of Switzerland consists of mountains (20% of the alps-Swiss Alps), large lakes (more than 1,500 lakes), and a central plateau of rolling hills.
Because of this physical environment:
People get to do mountain activities:
skiing, mountain climbing etc.
There is a lot of fishing in Switzerland because it has a lot of lakes.
There is not that much farming because of the land they have but the people n Switzerland have learnt to farm on the little land they do have.
Introduction
Hi, My name is Mansi and in this prezi you will learn about Switzerland. Not everything about it though. In this prezi I will go through its basic facts, how people have adapted/responded to their local physical environment, human activities and their impact on the physical environment, and the impacts of natural disasters within this country. Lets get started! :)
The Swiss Alps
lakes in Switzerland
Switzerland's Capital City is: Bern
Its Population is: 1,925,517
Total Size of Switzerland is: 41,290 square km
The Continent its in: Europe
General Terrain:
There are mostly mountains with a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes
Climate:
It's climate is temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy humid summers with occasional showers
Switzerland has a confederation government
The national Symbol is the Swiss Cross
Winter in Switzerland
Summer in Switzerland
Skiing in switzerland
swimming in switzerland
Earthquakes
The root cause of the earthquakes in Switzerland is in the movement of the African and European Continental plates, (which are responsible for the formation of the alps.) In this process, the African Plate twists anticlockwise and pushes against the alps. The pressure builds over years and then releases in the form of an earthquake
Three quarters of the farmed area in Switzerland is devoted to meadows and pastures, as both the climate and terrain make most of the country unsuitable for crops. Here is very less farming in Switzerland, because of the physical environment.
There are actually quite a lot of earthquakes in Switzerland. On average around 2 earthquakes are recorded in Switzerland everyday. So around 500-800 earthquakes occur every year here, but only around 10 of them are strong enough to be felt. When compared to the rest of Europe, Switzerland has a moderate earthquake hazard.
Switzerland's earthquakes have a lot of impact on the country. The earthquakes cause earth tremors. They can cause rock slides, rockfall, landslides, and soil liquefaction. Since around 90% of buildings in Switzerland were constructed not keeping earthquakes in mind, they have a high level of vulnerability to them. There are thousands of fatalities are impacted. There are injuries to tens of thousands of people. Theirs destruction of many buildings rendering up to 100, 000 people homeless for a long time.
Impacts Overview
Impact on the country
*Earth Tremors
*Rock Slides
*Rockfall
*Landslides
*Soil Liquefaction


How do they affect the people, their schools, and businesses?
*If earthquakes are severe, many people are injured or killed
*Because of buildings not being able to withstand the force of earthquakes, many people are rendered homeless for a long time
*Many Buildings are destroyed, so many businesses get affected badly
*Schools can be destroyed which means students probably wont learn for a while
*People can lose jobs, lose their families, lose their schools, and even their only shelters
Economic/financial (cost) Impact
Building destroyed during Switzerland earthquake
*Because of all the destruction, there was a lot of impact on the costs to get everything back into place
*The cost depended on how big the damage of the earthquake is
*Theres no certain amount of cost needed for every earththquake
Impact on natural Environment
*A lot of habitats for animals are destroyed
*A lot of animals are injured
*Farm land is destroyed
*Many landslides occur
*Trees, plants, crops, anything else in the natural environment has a chance of getting destroyed in an earthquake like this
Fun Facts!!!!!!!
Switzerland is known as the land of cows!!!
Switzerland has an anti-PowerPoint political party!!!!!!!!
Switzerland has enough fallout shelters for its entire population!!!
A driving tunnel in Switzerland also serves as the world's largest bomb shelter!!!

Your never more than 10 miles away from a lake!!
Woman are expected to live 6 years longer than men!!!
Every citizen is required by law to own or have access to a bomb shelter!!!
The end
Thank-You for watching my prezitation!
I hope you enjoyed and learned a lot from it!!!!!!
:)
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